Washington, DC—June 9, 2014—The Washington Internship Institute (WII) announced the appointment of Gregory M. Weight, Ph.D., as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 7, 2014. Dr. Weight will assume this position after serving for the past four years in Academic Affairs at Ursinus College.
Dr. Weight brings to the position a strong background in undergraduate education. His current responsibilities at Ursinus are extensive and varied. In addition to assisting in the improvement of student retention and advising, he chairs several academic committees, including the Committees on Outcomes Assessment and Academic Standards and Discipline. He serves on both the Working Group for Undergraduate Research and the Advising Group for the Independent Learning Experience.
Dr. Weight is coordinator of the Health Professions Advising Committee at Ursinus, and he advises students preparing applications for graduate study. He is charged with tracking and recruiting promising students for nationally competitive awards, which includes assisting students and faculty with application preparation, as well as faculty award advisors and committees responsible for on-campus interviews. He also coordinates both the Summer Fellows Program and the Celebration of Student Achievement.
“His strong interest in high-impact, transformational learning experiences for students, such as internships, makes Dr. Weight a perfect fit for WII,” said Mary Ryan, who founded WII in 1990 and served as president and CEO for more than two decades.
“Greg’s enthusiasm and creativity have already brought forth excellent ideas to further benefit WII students, as well as their home institutions. Schools will be very glad they partnered with us,” said Michael True, Director of the Internship Center at Messiah College and chair of the WII Board of Directors.
Dr. Weight received his B.A. from Pomona College and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware. Previously, he served as both Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of Student Fellowships and Scholarships at Ursinus College. He also served as Assistant Professor of English at the Community College of Baltimore County. Dr. Weight has published and presented on a range of higher education issues, including diversity, assessment, and undergraduate research.