In a campus-wide email sent earlier today, President Daniel H. Weiss announced that he will be leaving Haverford College in July to become the next president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Weiss became the College’s 14th president in July 2013, after serving as the president of Lafayette College from 2005 to 2013. He succeeded Interim President Joanne V. Creighton, who was appointed after former President Stephen G. Emerson’s departure in 2011. Weiss’ two year stay in the position is the shortest in school history.
During Weiss’ presidential tenure, Haverford embarked on The Plan for Haverford 2020, which includes plans for significant renovations to Magill Library and the Center for Visual Culture, Arts, and Media (VCAM), which will replace Ryan Gym. The College also saw the modification of the no loan financial aid policy in February 2014, reintroducing loans for students with a family income above $60,000 a year.
Weiss, who described himself as “an art historian with a lifelong interest in museums” in the email, completed a Ph.D. in art art history at John Hopkins University in 1992, where he served as the chair of the art history department from 1998 to 2001. In addition, Weiss earned an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management in 1985 after graduating from The George Washington University in 1979, where he double majored in art history and psychology. While at Haverford, Weiss taught an art history course on the Middle Ages in Spring 2015.
In an article published by The New York Times, Weiss said that the job offer “really came out of the blue,” and that he did not intend to leave Haverford so soon after beginning his presidency. Though he expressed those sentiments in his email to the Haverford community, Weiss wrote that he is “drawn to the singular opportunity to play a leadership role at the Met,” and that he is leaving academia.
Board of Managers Chair Howard W. Lutnick sent an email to the Haverford community just six minutes after Weiss’ announcement.
“There is much for us to do this spring in continuing our ambitious agenda for Haverford,” Lutnick wrote. “Dan will lead the College until his departure this summer with all of our strong support as the Board of Managers engages in a process regarding next step.”