Prof. Rafi Melnick has been appointed provost of IDC Herzliya. Prof. Melnick succeeds Prof. Alex Mintz, who has served in the position for the past two years.
Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC Herzliya’s President and Founder, thanked Prof. Mintz at the ceremony marking the change of the deans, saying, “Alex was called upon to serve as provost during a delicate period, and he gained the trust of the entire organization, the deans and the faculty. The crowning glory of his work was the doctoral program. He led IDC towards obtaining the approval for the Ph.D., succeeding in his quiet way in finding the paths that would take us to this achievement.”
Prof. Melnick is a senior economist who has served, inter alia, as a member of the Bank of Israel's monetary committee. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His research and publications focus on monetary economics, the Israeli economy, and applied econometrics. Prof. Melnick developed the Melnick Index - a monthly index of the state of the Israeli economy that analyzes levels of activity and economic shifts in real time.
Prof. Melnick joined IDC Herzliya in 1998 as a permanent member of the faculty. He taught at the Arison School of Business and was a founder of the Tiomkin School of Economics. He served a previous term as provost, and was also the dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy. In previous roles, he served as the deputy director of the Bank of Israel’s research department, as a member of the advisory committee of the Economic Council at the prime minister's office and of the advisory committee to the minister of finance, as chairman of the director-general of the finance ministry’s Macroeconomic Forum, and as a member of the ministry’s committee for economic and social change. He also served as chairman of the investment committees of both Migdal and Hamagen insurance companies, as a consultant to Bank Leumi, as a member of the board of directors of Psagot-Ofek Securities and Investment Ltd. as well as a member of the firm's investment committee, and as a research associate at the Center for Social Policy Studies Research in Israel.
Prof. Alex Mintz, who has completed his post as provost, directed IDC’s Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) from 2013-2016 and chaired its Herzliya Conference Series. Prior to that position, Prof. Mintz served as dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy for seven years. He established IDC’s master's program in Government, and is the director of IDC’s unique research program in political psychology and decision-making in government. Prof. Mintz is a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the International Studies Association, and serves as president of the Israeli Political Science Association.
The provost is responsible for managing all academic matters at IDC Herzliya, such as the planning and reviewing of curricula, conduct with the Council for Higher Education, and responsibility for the academic faculty.