It’s official: After serving since 2000 as acting associate vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Illinois University, William Weber has assumed the role on a permanent basis.
As associate vice president for academic affairs, Weber manages budgetary matters for the division, oversees faculty development and handles student and parent concerns. He also serves as director of EIU’s summer sessions.
“In these challenging financial times, Dr. Weber’s expertise in budget management has been invaluable in aiding the academic affairs division to meet its educational commitments to our students,” said Blair Lord, vice president for academic affairs. “I am delighted he will be continuing on my staff and lending his considerable skills to the administration of the division.”
Weber, a Charleston resident, said he likes working with students, faculty, staff and administrators across the campus.
“Although the university has had more than its share of fiscal challenges recently, I am pleased to have been able to help the colleges and other areas persevere during these tight budget years,” Weber said. “It’s also been quite rewarding to work with faculty and others for the past couple of years to redesign and reinvigorate Eastern’s faculty development program.”
Weber started at EIU in 1988 as an assistant professor in the economics department. In 1990, he received a Faculty Excellence Award for research. The following year, he became an associate professor and was awarded tenure.
He was named a full professor in 1995, before becoming associate dean of the College of Sciences in 1998. In September 2000, he moved into the acting associate vice presidential role.
Weber was director of EIU’s Office for Economic Education from 1990 to 1996, and he has served as a member of the Faculty Senate and Judicial Board.
Before moving into administration, he also served as treasurer and vice president of EIU’s University Professionals of Illinois chapter.
Outside of EIU, Weber’s roles have included being an assistant editor of the Journal of Economics; a member of the executive board for the National Social Science Association; co-editor of the National Social Science Journal; and referee for the Journal of Economics and the Journal of Economic Education.
He has written many journal publications, book chapters and textbook supplements.
Before coming to EIU, he taught at Illinois State University in Normal; Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.; and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.
Weber earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas in 1980, 1982 and 1986.