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Weiler named senior vice president for development

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee today announced that Peter Weiler has been named senior vice president for University Development. He joins Ohio State from Penn State University, where he currently serves as vice president for development and alumni relations.

In his new position, Weiler will oversee Ohio State's development organization and all fundraising efforts and initiatives, including the development activity across all colleges and units, and will serve as president of the The Ohio State University Foundation. He also will be responsible for planning and leading a major university-wide fundraising campaign, to be announced at a future date.

Peter Weiler"Peter Weiler is one of the most experienced and foremost leaders in development and alumni relations in the country. We are very fortunate to attract him to Ohio State at this time in our history," Gee said.

Weiler began his career in higher education administration at UCLA in 1979 as assistant director of undergraduate orientation programs. In 1980, he was appointed assistant dean of students and later promoted to associate dean of students.

In 1986 he joined University of Vermont as their first major gifts officer and was later appointed director of alumni relations. He became assistant vice president and executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association in 1989.

In 1996, Weiler was named associate vice president for development and alumni relations at Penn State. He was named vice president in 2006. He has acted as a consultant to several other universities in the area of institutional advancement and served on several CASE commissions and boards. Penn State recently finished its seven-year Grand Destiny Campaign surpassing its $1.3 billion goal.

Weiler was born in Hartford, Conn., and raised in Vermont. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Vermont. He continued his education at UCLA taking post-graduate work in higher education administration.

Weiler is expected to assume his new duties at Ohio State in early 2008. An official start date has not yet been set. Jeff Kaplan, special assistant to the president and vice president for business development and collaborative advancement at the OSU Medical Center, whom President Gee had appointed to serve during the search, will continue to work with Weiler through his transition.