Interim Dean for School of International Studies Appointed
An interim dean of the School of International Studies has been appointed at University of the Pacific. Cynthia Wagner Weick will serve as dean to the school starting June 1st until a permanent replacement is hired. Margee Ensign, the current dean of the school, is leaving in June to assume the presidency of American University in Nigeria.
Weick, a professor in both the Eberhardt School of Business and the School of Engineering and Computer Science, has previously worked as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program, as a strategic planner for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, and as a research scientist at Battelle Columbus Laboratories. She teaches periodically at Mikkeli Polytechnic in Finland, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Over the course of her career, she has worked in two dozen different countries.
As interim dean, Weick will work with faculty and others to build on the strengths of the School of International Studies, and be responsible for day-to-day operations. She also will oversee a university-wide planning process related to international education, which will lead to a more coordinated approach to Pacific's numerous international programs. This will include interaction with seven other universities who, through the American Council on Education, also are conducting comprehensive reviews of their approaches to international education.
"President Eibeck and I are very pleased that Professor Weick has agreed to serve in this dual role to help us coordinate the future directions of both SIS and international education at Pacific," said Phil Gilbertson, provost at University of the Pacific. "Dean Ensign had an indelible impact on shaping Pacific's distinctive international profile. With her departure, it is time to consider again how to build the School of International Studies and raise its profile, and also to integrate and focus the international initiatives of the University as a whole. Cynthia Weick, with her rich international experience, is the ideal colleague to take on these important tasks. No one matches her experience and expertise in leading planning for innovation."
Weick has been a professor at Pacific since 1990, specializing in technological innovation and creative approaches to strategic management. She has taken Pacific MBA students overseas to study global business in Finland, Estonia, Malaysia, Singapore, Chile, Spain and France. She received the University of the Pacific's Distinguished Faculty Award in 2005, and was named the Neven C. Hulsey Chair in Business Excellence in 2006. Weick earned her Ph.D. at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and her Master's and Bachelor's at Ohio State University.
Weick serves on the Board of Directors of the World of Wonders Science Museum in Lodi and for the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Pacific. Additionally, she is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum and a member of Pacific's Athletic Advisory Board. She was named director of the Powell Scholars Program last year, a role she will continue in as interim dean.
The current dean of the School, Margee Ensign, announced earlier this year that she was appointed President of the American University in Nigeria. Her last day at Pacific will be June 30.
Ensign came to Pacific in 1998. Under her leadership, the School of International Studies (one of six undergraduate schools in the country); has doubled its undergraduate enrollment; added the Master's of Intercultural Relations program; established the Gerber endowment and lecture series; and moved the California International Studies Project from Stanford to Pacific, training K-12 teachers throughout California in international education and world history.
She also re-engaged alumni of the former Callison and Covell colleges, started the Inter-American program last year, established the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, moved the microfinance organization Katalysis to campus, and established an undergraduate international law program with the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Her new school is located outside the capital city of Abuja. It was established five years ago with the help of American University in Washington D.C. Board members include Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Ensign will be the only female university president in the country.Pacific will start a nation-wide search for a permanent dean for the School of International Studies this fall and plans to have a new dean by fall, 2011.