President Mark D. Weiss
Mark D. Weiss has served as president of Western Oregon University since 2011 and has announced his plans to retire from the university on June 30, 2015, the end of the current academic year. (A link to the WOU presidential search website is found on the left column of this page.)
President Weiss feels privileged to work with the many talented and committed faculty and staff at WOU and takes particular joy in personally getting to know its students. Among his goals during his term as president, is to assure access to the personal learning experience offered at WOU for all Oregonians and making sure that it is affordable.
"I believe we can make a difference in the lives of our students through our faculties' high expectations for student accomplishment and by providing supporting services that help our student succeed. We are obligated to educate and make a difference for the students and families that entrust their futures to Western Oregon University, " Weiss states.
Mark Weiss joined Western Oregon University in 2005 as executive vice president, administration & finance and the university’s chief financial officer.
His professional experience includes 17 years with the international electronics firm of Siemens AG, in positions including senior vice president, administration and finance, world-wide chief financial officer and corporate director of Siemens Power Corporation. He also served as a senior manager and certified public accountant for nine years with the public accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick, in New York City.
President Weiss and his wife, Meg, are active in community service. Mark serves on the Board of Trustees for Salem Health, which includes both Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital, as well as serving at the pleasure of the governor on the Mid-Willamette Regional Solutions Advisory Committee. Meg is serving her third term on the board of the Oregon Symphony at Salem, bringing the Oregon Symphony to this region and serving in her third year as its president.
He received his bachelor’s degree in biology/animal sciences and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), in professional accounting, graduating with Beta Gamma Sigma honors from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
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