Ted Cruz aide no longer a candidate for Yeshiva U. president, school says

Ben Sales

(JTA) — Nick Muzin, a senior adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz, is no longer a candidate to be Yeshiva University’s next president, according to a statement from the school.

Muzin had been considered for the post, now held by Richard Joel. He had met multiple times during the search with Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, head of the search committee, as well as with members of the Y.U. faculty.

But in a terse statement issued Wednesday, the director of Y.U.’s board of directors said Muzin was no longer being considered.

“Nick Muzin is not a candidate for the position of President of Yeshiva University,” said the statement from Moshael Straus, chairman of the Yeshiva University Board of Directors.

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Joel, who will be stepping down by 2018, took the position in 2003. In recent years Yeshiva University has experienced financial difficulties due in part to losing money in fraudster Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded its bond rating as a result of the troubles.

Muzin, who served as deputy chief of staff to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who had been a Republican presidential candidate, is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yale Law School, as well as Y.U.

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