President, Deans and Directors


Prof. Shosh Arad - President graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds an M.Sc. cum laude from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She received her Ph.D. from City University of New York. Prof. Arad founded and headed the Institute of Applied Biosciences at Ben-Gurion University. 

Prof. Arad is an expert in the field of algal biotechnology focusing on cell wall polysaccharides. She has mentored more than thirty graduate students in her laboratory. With proven experience moving ideas from the test tube to industry, she has developed a number of algae-based products used by leading cosmetic companies worldwide. She has published over 100 reviewed papers.

Prof. Arad was appointed as President of Achva Academic College at the end of 2016, following a 12-year term as President of the Ruppin Academic Center.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Etty Grobgeld

Dr. Etty Grobgeld - Chief Executive Officer earned her B.Sc. in Chemistry and her M.Sc. cum laude in Organic Chemistry from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Departments of Chemical Physics and Biological Regulation, followed her dissertation, Metabolic Alterations and Cell Death Induced by DNA-Damaging Drugs; Multinuclear NMR Studies of E. coli. and Human Breast Cancer Cells. Dr. Grobgeld is a member of the Achva Academic College School of Sciences and School of Education. She promotes excellence in college teaching and played a leading role in establishing the Achva Center for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Grobgeld was appointed General Director of Achva Academic College in October 2015. Prior to that, she served as Rector. Her career reflects her dedication to Achva and its growing significance for higher education in southern Israel


Dean of the School of Advanced Studies

Prof. Avishai Henik - Dean of the School of Advanced Studies carried out his PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Prof. Daniel Kahneman. Avishai works in the general area of cognitive neuroscience; more specifically, in the areas of attention, cognitive control, emotion, numerical cognition, and synesthesia. His research has been supported by various granting agencies, among them the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), U.S.-Israel Binational Foundation (BSF), and the European Research Council (ERC). Avishai is a world renowned researcher. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev endowed him with the Zlotowski Chair in Cognitive Neuropsychology in 1999 and a Distinguished Professor degree in 2014. More recently he received the Excellent Mentor Prize, awarded by the Israel Society for Neuroscience (ISFN) for exceptional mentoring in neuroscience and the Humboldt Research Award, awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, in recognition of accomplishments in research and teaching.

Dean of the School of Sciences

Prof. Eitan Ben-Dov - Dean of the School of Sciences earned his Ph.D at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Life Sciences. Thesis: Mosquito larvicidal activity of Escherichia coli with combinations of genes from B. thuringiensis subsp. israelensis. Prof, Ben-Dov has served, since 2003, as Adjunct Research Scientist, at the National Institute for Biotechnology and Department of Biotechology Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and as Senior lecturer at Achva Academic College. Under his leadership, the School of Sciences at Achva has developed and opened new and meaningful study programs which are likely to change reality in the south. The programs take the unique regional needs and characteristics of the residents of the south into account, with their capacity to improve the paramedical infrastructure and provide an important opportunity for the regional population.

Dean of the School of Education
פרופ' אורית אבידב אונגר

Prof. Orit Avidov-Ungar - Dean of the School of Education earned (year 2000) her Ph.D in Educational Administration, at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Thesis topic: Empowerment among teachers who have a leading role). She had received (1993) her M.A degree with honors in Educational Administration, from Tel Aviv University. Thesis topic: Implications of computerization at the school administration on the relationships among officials at the school. Since 2001, Orit has served in several positions at Achva Academic College, while the two recent (before the current one) were: Head of the Research Authority and Head of The School of Advanced Studies.


Dean of Students

דיקן הסטודנטים - ד"ר מיכל רביבו שטיינר

Dr. Michal Revivo - Dean of Students, earned (year 2011) her Ph.D. Summa cum laude at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Faculty of Management. Thesis: Entrepreneurship and Self Employment and Entrepreneurship Support Programs for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities. She received (2004) her M.Sc. degree cum laude in Business Science, from Tel Aviv University. Since 2011, Michal has served in her current position as the Dean of Students at Achva Academic College, while continuing her position as lecturer in the field of Human Resource Management. Under Michal' management, the dean of students professional staff members Initiated and leads varies of support programs that promote excellency, multiculturalism, as well as accessibility of underprivileged population to higher education. Some of those programs are unique initiation and granted the unit with honorable prizes from the Consul of Higher Education and from civil organizations.

Head of Academic Development

ד"ר ראיסה גוברמן

Dr. Raisa Guberman - Head of Academic Development earned her Ph.D at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her Post Doctorate, made at The University of Haifa, was on Cultural and intercultural aspects of creativity in mathematics teaching, as well as, on Identification of mathematical creativity in 5th - 6th grade students. Previously, she served as Head of School of Education at Achva Academic College.