After graduating with honors from Yale, Stuart moved to the Middle East, where he worked as a journalist for The Jerusalem Post and covered topics ranging from the first Palestinian uprising to nightlife in Israel’s capital city. Eventually, he stopped deferring law school and attended the University of Texas, where he earned his J.D. and garnered several speaking awards. While practicing at the litigation firm Susman Godfrey, Stuart became increasingly interested in education, serving on the founding board of the KIPP Academy and creating his own religious studies program for adults entitled J-MASS. In 2000, Stuart was named Founding Head of The Emery/Weiner School. Fifteen years later, “The Emery Difference” has become defined by features such as a one-of-a-kind Opening Ceremony, an unusually robust experiential program, and a unique institutional culture that merges informality and "healthy irreverence" with real seriousness of academic and ethical purpose. The result has been extraordinary success measured by college admissions, student retention, enrollment growth, financial strength, and most importantly, the personal development & achievement of its graduates. Stuart also has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin and is the proud father of three children (Eleanor, Nathaniel & Juliet).