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William Wiener named Graduate School dean

051811Headline_WilliamWienerDr. William Wiener, dean in residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, has been appointed dean of the Graduate School at UNCG and will begin work Aug. 1.

He comes to UNCG after five years as vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School at Marquette University, where he also is a professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. He holds a PhD in counselor education and supervision, an MA in blind rehabilitation, and an MA in speech pathology and audiology.

He previously served as a faculty member and later as program director of blind rehabilitation at Cleveland State University, as chairperson of the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michigan University, and as senior associate dean and then dean of the Graduate College at Western Michigan. His credentials include certification as an orientation and mobility specialist and as a rehabilitation counselor.

“Dr. Wiener’s experience leading the graduate schools at Western Michigan University and Marquette University combined with his recent experience as dean in residence at the Council of Graduate Schools will prove invaluable to the leadership he will provide to the Graduate School,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Perrin. “His accomplishments with fundraising and advocacy will help us to continue to build our resources in support of our graduate students.”

Wiener, who also will hold an appointment as professor in the School of Education’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development, succeeds James Peterson, PhD, dean of the Graduate School since 2002. UNCG enrolls more than 3,000 graduate students and offers 26 doctoral programs and 61 master’s programs.

“I was attracted to UNCG because of its values and the quality of its programs,” Wiener said. “The university is student oriented and community engaged while at the same time placing a premium on the discovery of new knowledge and facilitating creativity.”

His disciplinary interests include counseling persons with disabilities, the use of audition by persons with vision loss and independent travel for persons with disabilities. The author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, he is the primary editor of the leading textbook on independent travel for persons who are blind or who have low vision.

He has served as president of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, chairperson of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, board member of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, board trustee of the American Foundation for the Blind and chair of the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools.

His work has been recognized with the two highest awards in the field of visual impairment and blindness: the Migel Medal for Service to the Field of Vision Rehabilitation (2011) and the Ambrose Shotwell Award for National and International Contributions in Blindness (2004). The Faculty Senate of Western Michigan University gave him its Distinguished Service Award (2005); and the National Association of Professional and Graduate Students gave him its Friend of Graduate Students Award (2002).

By Dan Nonte