Dr. David Weininger, vice president of Academic Affairs and Provost at Heidelberg University, has announced that this academic year will be his last at Heidelberg. After 30 years of teaching and administrative leadership, he has decided to retire. He will remain on board in a part-time capacity to continue to direct and coordinate the university’s ongoing Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation process.
Weininger joined the Heidelberg faculty in the fall of 1985 as assistant professor of mathematics, becoming a full professor with tenure in 1991. In 2007, he left the classroom to become the vice president for Academic Affairs. Heidelberg President Robert H. Huntington appointed him provost in 2009.
"During his three decades of teaching and administrative leadership at Heidelberg, Dave has demonstrated the highest level of honesty, integrity, loyalty, accountability and work ethic," Huntington said.
Weininger has overseen the quality and evolution of Heidelberg's academic program, highlighted most recently by the creation of the Academic Leadership Team and the implementation of the AIM Hei Mentoring Program. Several new programs of study have been introduced under his watch. As the chief academic officer, Weininger has helped to recruit and hire dynamic new faculty talent; over the past five years, 40 percent of the faculty is new to Heidelberg. Under his leadership, Heidelberg has achieved accreditation or reaccreditation of several of our high-profile undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Additionally, Weininger has traveled several times to the University of Heidelberg in Germany and Tianjin Normal University in China to help strengthen Heidelberg’s relationships and partnerships through expanded programs at both universities.
Weininger received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1971, and both his master’s degree and his doctoral degree from Bowling Green State University in 1983 and 1990, respectively. Born and raised in Seneca County, he originally taught math at the public school and college levels before joining Heidelberg’s faculty.
Heidelberg will embark on a thorough national search in the coming academic year to identify and recruit the next provost, who will be responsible for "leading Heidelberg forward in advancing our academic transformation plan," Huntington said.
"Since I arrived here, Dave has been a tremendous personal and professional colleague," he added. "As the academic leader of Heidelberg, his commitment to the core mission of this institution and his knowledge and expertise in academics have been unparalleled. I have been very lucky to have worked with him."