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Haverford’s next president named

Details will be posted as they emerge.

Daniel H. Weiss, current president of Lafayette College, will be Haverford’s fourteenth president, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Weiss will not come to Haverford until July 2013, however, and Joanne V. Creighton will stay on as interim president until then. (11:29 am)

Weiss will meet with the Haverford community at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, May 2, at Founders Hall. The event will also be broadcast on a live stream on the Haverford homepage.

The Presidential Search Committe sent the following email to the Haverford community (12:25 pm):

Dear Members of the Haverford Community:

We are proud to announce the appointment of Dan Weiss, currently president of Lafayette College, as the 14th president of Haverford College. Dan was the consensus choice of the Presidential Search Committee, and the Board of Managers enthusiastically approved the Committee’s recommendation at its meeting last weekend. We could not be more pleased that Dan will be joining the Haverford community along with his wife Sandra Jarva Weiss and their sons Teddy and Joel. Dan’s appointment will take effect July 1, 2013, in order to allow him to complete his current commitment to Lafayette. In the interim, we are very pleased to announce that Joanne V. Creighton has graciously agreed to extend her outstanding service as our interim president for the 2012-13 academic year.

Dan is a seasoned and inspiring leader who impressed the search committee with his commitment to Haverford and its values. In addition, Dan is a leader in the national conversation on the future of liberal arts colleges. Prior to assuming Lafayette’s presidency in 2005, he served as the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. He holds B.A., M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from George Washington University, Yale University and Johns Hopkins, respectively. You can learn more about Dan and his career at, and meet him on campus tomorrow (Wednesday, May 2).  Please join us in Founders Great Hall at 11:00 a.m. to welcome Dan to the Haverford community! If you aren’t able to come say hello in person, you can watch the event via live video stream at

In closing, we wish to convey our deep gratitude to all of you throughout the Haverford community who shared your hopes and dreams for the College, and who offered nominations and wisdom throughout the search process. We also offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the members of the Presidential Search Committee, as well as to our search consultants Shelly Storbeck and Sue May of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates. Together, our search team consistently ensured that our charge was accomplished according to Haverford’s high standard of excellence.


Catherine Koshland ’72
Chair, Board of Managers

Howard Lutnick ’83
Vice Chair, Board of Managers

Chris Norton ’80
Vice Chair, Board of Managers

ABOVE: Weiss’ photo on his biographical page at the Lafayette College website.


Read Weiss’ official statement to the Lafayette College community here.

Watch Weiss’ presentation last month on “The Future of the Liberal Arts College in America and Its Leadership Role Around the World.”

After being down all morning, Haverford’s homepage, which currently links to a page on Weiss, is finally up. (1:12 pm)

Articles by the New York Times,  Lehigh Valley Live, and the Philly Inquirer.

One Comment

  1. HC14 May 1, 2012

    It’s disappointing that the student body had no part in the selection other than the initial surveys. It’s too soon to say whether Weiss is a good fit for the school, but that’s disappointing because open visits and fora with prospective hires are so valuable for the community in assessing a candidate’s potential.

    I recognize the limitations of a Presidential search: privacy, logistics, time — but all the same, the process (and the fact that some of us will have seen three presidents in four years at Haverford) is a little disheartening. I hope this doesn’t signal even less transparency from an administration that has struggled with that in the past (and continues to do so!).

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