First woman named president of Israeli university

Prof. Rivka Carmi, formerly the first dean of an Israeli medical school at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, has made history again by being elected the first woman president of an Israeli university. Carmi, a pediatrician and geneticist, was chosen unanimously by BGU's university's executive board, which approved a recommendation by a search committee. She replaces Prof. Avishay Braverman, who recently announced that he was going on leave to join the Labor Party under MK Amir Peretz and go into politics. But Braverma , who has already served several terms as president, was not eligible to continue anyway. The university stressed that she has been named "acting president" of BGU, as Braverman left before the formal end of his term. Also, she was chosen by the board of directors, and not by the executive board.