Nancy Rolock, PhD, has been appointed the Henry L. Zucker Associate Professor in Social Work Practice and Associate Dean for Research and Training.
Henry L. Zucker, MSSA 1935, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Glenville High School. He also graduated from Western Reserve University in 1932. He began his career as a social worker with local agencies, and during World War II, served as a special consultant in Washington, D.C. In 1946, he began his long association with Cleveland's Jewish community when he accepted the position of associate director of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Cleveland.
When he retired in 1975, he had been executive director (1948 to 1965) and executive vice president (1965 to 1975) of the Jewish Community Federation. Under Zucker’s leadership and Executive President Sidney Vincent, Cleveland's Jewish Community Federation became known as one of the most successful in the country, raising more money per capita than any other community federation. Zucker developed the Endowment Fund system, now common in Jewish communities, and was a consultant to other Jewish federations and local and national social organizations, including Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin-Wallace College, the Welfare Federation of Cleveland, United Torch Services, the National Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, United Jewish Appeal and the Joint Distribution Committee.
Established in 1985 on the occasion of Zucker’s 50th graduation anniversary from the School of Applied Social Sciences, the professorship is dedicated to advancing knowledge in community-oriented approaches to social work practice.