Rabbi Nochum Kaplan received his Rabbinical Ordination from the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva, and his secular degrees from Trinity College, and Monmouth University. He served as principal of Yeshiva Days Schools in Virginia, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and as chairman of the executive board of the National Conference of Yeshiva Principals. He currently leads Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch’s central educational agency, is the chairman of the Merkos National Accreditation Board and is vice president of the National Council for Private School Accreditation.
Rabbi Kaplan is the author of the "Principal's Administrative Manual" and of the widely acclaimed series of Halacha texts "Halichot Yisrael", published by Torah Umesorah. He has written numerous articles and published widely in educational journals in both Hebrew and English. He is also the director of the Central Committee of Rabbis of Chabad-Lubavitch of the United States and Canada, a position he has held since 1995.