Lesley University's sixth president, Jeff A. Weiss, is a mission-driven, socially conscious leader who brings to the university a passionate commitment to experiential learning, a creative and collaborative leadership style, and a wealth of experience managing and leading complex organizations.
On July 1, 2016, Jeff A. Weiss became the sixth president of Lesley University. Prior to joining Lesley, President Weiss was a partner at Vantage Partners, an internationally recognized consulting firm, of which he was a co-founder. Over close to 20 years at Vantage, he co-led the Alliance Practice and built and ran both its IT and its Healthcare industry practices. His work focused on helping leading organizations around the world improve how they structure and manage strategic partnerships, negotiate complex transactions, manage change, drive innovation, and emerge in shared decision-making.
Before founding Vantage, President Weiss was a partner at Conflict Management, Inc., and helped found Conflict Management Group (now part of Mercy Corps), a not-for-profit that works with governmental and community leaders to resolve international conflict and effect social change. His work in these organizations had roots in the Harvard Negotiation Project, of which he was a member while studying at Harvard Law School.
President Weiss has written extensively on enabling effective internal collaboration, external partnering, multi-party alignment to drive change, and negotiation. He is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and is most recently the author of the HBR Guide to Negotiating. He is presently working on a new book on leadership.
President Weiss was a long-time Adjunct Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he taught extensively in the MBA program and the Master of Health Care Delivery Science program. In addition, he served for over a decade as an Adjunct Professor at the United States Military Academy, and was a co-founder and co-director of the West Point Negotiation Project. President Weiss was awarded West Point's 2010 Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also the recipient of the Department of the Army's Commander's Award for Civilian Service and a recipient of the Department of the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.
He holds an A.B. in government from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is married to Gerri B. Weiss, a nurse practitioner, who holds an A.B. in economics from Smith College, a J.D. and MBA from Boston University, and a MSN from the Mass General Institute of Health Professions. They are the parents of two adult sons, Sam and Alec.
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