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Fellow William J. Kilberg appointed President of American Friends of The Hebrew University Mid-Atlantic Region Board

May 26, 2015, Fellows in the news


 -- Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has served on the board since 2013 --

 WASHINGTON, DC; (MAY 26, 2015) – American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) announced today the appointment of William J. Kilberg as President of AFHU’s Mid-Atlantic Region Board. He has been a member of the board since October 2013 and received AFHU’s prestigious Torch of Learning Award in 2014.

Mr. Kilberg is a Partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He has served on the Executive Committee of the firm (1996-2011), its five-member Management Committee (2002-2009) and as Partner-in-Charge of the Washington office (1990-1995). He is the most senior partner in the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group.

A White House Fellow and Special Assistant to Secretary of Labor George P. Shultz in 1969-70,  Mr. Kilberg was appointed by President Nixon and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor, a position he held from 1973 until 1977. Mr. Kilberg has the honor to be the youngest person ever to be appointed to a sub-Cabinet post in the United States government. President Reagan appointed him to the Commission on White House Fellowships. Mr. Kilberg served as Co-Chair of the National Finance Committee and Chair of the Policy Committee on Labor for the Romney for President Campaign.

Mr. Kilberg has served as president of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and was a founder of the Palmer National Bank, now United Bank.  He currently serves on the boards of The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, Vorbeck Materials Corp., and the Virginia Israel Advisory Board. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

“We are delighted to have Bill’s astute leadership and dynamic vision at the helm of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Board, which is vital to AFHU’s mission and serves an important constituency,” said Daniel I. Schlessinger, President of AFHU. “Bill is a consummate legal professional and brings that same level of expertise and commitment to his efforts on behalf of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Israel.”

 “The Hebrew University plays a uniquely important role in Israel, as it does regionally and internationally.  Founded by Albert Einstein and other visionaries even before there was a State of Israel, today the university educates students from around the world,” Mr. Kilberg said. “Due to its research breakthroughs in technology, medicine and agriculture, the university’s impact is felt globally.  I am privileged to be associated with, and to help spread awareness of, this extraordinary top-flight institution.”

 Mr. Kilberg graduated from Cornell University, which he attended on a scholarship from Local 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; he received his law degree from Harvard Law School.  He is married to Bobbie Greene Kilberg. They have five children and eight grandchildren.

 About American Friends of The Hebrew University

 American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) is a national, not-for-profit organization based in the United States. AFHU, working in close partnership with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, provides programs, events and conducts fundraising activities in support of The Hebrew University’s internationally recognized community of scholars and scientists.  AFHU helps to ensure Israel’s well-being and foster the highest levels of academic and research achievement through its work on behalf of Hebrew University. For information, please visit

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