Hans Weiler named Stanford’s next academic secretary

HANS N. WEILER, a professor emeritus of education and political science at Stanford, was recently named academic secretary of the university.

As academic secretary, Weiler will serve as the parliamentarian to the Faculty Senate, as well as the Academic Council and its committees.

The Office of the Academic Secretary also serves as the secretary, legislative archivist and institutional memory of the senate and Academic Council. It oversees the annual elections of faculty to the senate and the advisory board. The office is the central repository for records from across the university, including the minutes of the senate, Academic Council committees and ad hoc committees.

Weiler joined the Stanford faculty in 1965 after completing doctoral work at the universities of London and Freiburg.

At the School of Education (now known as the Graduate School of Education), Weiler was instrumental in developing the Stanford International Development Education program (SIDEC), which is now known as the International Comparative Education program.

Weiler delivered the Graduate School of Education's Commencement address in 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Wesselman/Stanford Graduate School of Education)
Weiler delivered the Graduate School of Education’s Commencement address in 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Wesselman/Stanford Graduate School of Education)

He served as the school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 1984-1986 and as the director of the Francophone West African Educational Research Training Program from 1978-1986. Upon his retirement, Weiler became an emeritus professor in 1994.

Weiler delivered the commencement address at the Graduate School of Education in 2013.

At Stanford, he also was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and has been awarded research fellowships and grants from foundations in the United States, Japan and Europe.

In the 1970s, Weiler served as director of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning in Paris.  He has served as a consultant to a number of international organizations, including the World Bank and the African Development Bank, as well as foundations and national governments in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Weiler played a key role in the reconstruction of higher education in the former East Germany. In 1993, he was appointed a professor of comparative politics and elected the first Rektor (president) of Viadrina European University at Frankfurt. He retired as president in 1999 and is a professor emeritus of comparative politics there.

Weiler remains active as a consultant on the reform of higher education in Germany and other countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.

KATHLEEN J. SULLIVAN