Denison University's Board of Trustees Selects Sociologist Adam Weinberg as University's 20th President
Posted: November 1, 2012
(GRANVILLE, Ohio) Denison University's Board of Trustees announced its selection of Adam Weinberg to be the college's 20th president. Weinberg is currently president and CEO of World Learning, an international nonprofit organization that provides education, exchange and development programs in more than 60 countries. He will assume his duties at Denison on July 1, 2013.
"The board's selection of Adam initiates a new era for Denison," said Thomas E. Hoaglin, board chair and member of the Class of 1971. "Adam brings to the president's role a strong vision and deep global experience, which is vital to ensuring that Denison continues to develop students who think independently and have the problem-solving skills to bring coherence to a complex world. The search committee, under the leadership of Committee Chair John Faraci, is to be commended for its thorough work and evaluation of a very strong applicant pool that has led to this successful outcome."
Weinberg's selection comes after a yearlong search conducted jointly by a committee composed of trustees, faculty, staff and students. The committee was formed following the announcement by current President Dale Knobel that, after 15 years of leading the college, he would retire at the end of the 2012-13 academic year.
"Joining Denison is a unique opportunity to be a part of a leading academic institution that is challenging itself to re-imagine the role of a liberal arts education in a rapidly changing world," Weinberg said. "I look forward to collaborating with Denison's faculty so that our students continue to benefit from an education that demands spirited debate and personal engagement with ideas that impact local and global communities. On a personal note, my family and I are excited to join both the Denison and Granville communities."
Rebecca Chopp, president of Swarthmore College, said of Weinberg's upcoming presidency, "Adam will lead Denison with vision, courage and compassion. Trained as a sociologist and skilled as an administrator, Adam will bring his considerable expertise and talents to work with faculty, students, staff and alumni to further Denison's mission and to enhance Denison's community on campus and around the world."
Jill Tiefenthaler, president of Colorado College, said, "Adam Weinberg is a wonderful choice as the next president of Denison University. He is a visionary leader, a champion of the liberal arts and a dedicated mentor to students. His background as a committed teacher-scholar and dean of students combines with his global administrative experience to position him to lead boldly in these changing times while also remaining true to Denison's core mission of providing a residential liberal education."
In 2006, Weinberg joined World Learning as the provost of the School for International Training (SIT), also serving as the executive vice president of World Learning. Prior to World Learning, Weinberg was vice president and dean of the college at Colgate University, where he served on the faculty for more than a decade. He gained national prominence for his work on increasing civic education, including publishing widely on the importance of civic education, and starting a number of organizations like The COVE (Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education) and The Partnership for Community Development.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Weinberg serves on the boards of InterAction and The Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange, and is the past chair of Vermont Campus Compact. His published works include numerous articles in The Washington Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Peer Review and a range of academic journals, and he has co-authored two books, "Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Development" and "Local Environmental Struggles."
Weinberg graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College and did work at Cambridge University before earning his master's degree and doctorate from Northwestern University in sociology.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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