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Prof. Zvi Eckstein, the deputy governor of the Bank of Israel, is a candidate for the vacant post of president of Tel Aviv University.

The members of the search committee for a new president have yet to meet, but they are scheduled to complete their recommendations by the end of August. Nevertheless, TheMarker has learned that senior university officials have proposed to Eckstein taking on the presidency. It appears the offer was made through the chairwoman of the university's Executive Council, Leora Meridor.

Eckstein refused to comment. It is likely that if Eckstein agrees to accept the job, he will then be the favorite for the post. He is an economist, a professor at Tel Aviv University, and one of the most influential people in the Israeli economy due to his present position.

Meridor told TheMarker that since the search committee has not even met yet, it is too early to speak of leading candidates for TAU president. She refused to comment on whether she had approached Eckstein on the matter.

The university needs a new head after previous president, Prof. Zvi Galil, suddenly resigned. The reasons for his resignation were not announced, but it is likely he was asked to step down over managerial disagreements with Meridor, especially over budgetary and pension problems.