Longtime University administrator and University Honors Program Academic Program Associate Jeff Weinberg will retire from KU and the Honors Program this summer.
Although he spent the vast majority of his KU career as an administrator and assistant to two chancellors, the Honors Program was fortunate to have Jeff teaching Honors classes almost every semester for many years. The past two years, Jeff has worked on the Honors Program staff, still teaching, but also advising and inspiring students.
The course he taught most was Honors Western Civilization, although his courses covered a range of humanities interests.
“The students met in my home. I didn’t particularly care for the classroom environment. Western Civ is a conversation, not a lecture as much,” he says. "Teaching kept me connected with what our university is all about. It was teaching that kept me grounded.”
He also took his role as adviser – both in the academic course planning sense and the mentoring sense – very seriously through the years.
“I look on advising as an absolute responsibility, not just a list of what you need to graduate. I’ve always tried to be someone that students can confide in and know that I will try to find someone to help them if they need it,” he says.
A Kansas native, Jeff came to KU in 1970 to run the University’s scholarship program under Bob Billings. From there, he became Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. When Robert Hemenway came in as chancellor, he asked Jeff to join him as an assistant, a role he served for Hemenway’s entire chancellorship and then continued under current Chancellor Bernadatte Gray-Little until he moved to the Honors Program in 2012.
Among his responsibilities in more recent years, Jeff traveled the world to network with KU alumni. When not traveling on behalf of KU, he worked in community relations, faculty relations and constituent relations for the University.
“It’s been over 40 years of near-perfection, as far as I’m concerned – and some of the most wonderful students you could ever imagine,” he says. “My time with the Honors Program has been the best years with some of the most exceptional undergraduates in the University.”
Jeff has so many plans for his retirement – from continuing his world travels with his wife, to re-working a fiction manuscript and finishing another manuscript. He looks forward to spending time with his daughters, Elizabeth Gaultieri, an artist in Portland, Ore., and Jennifer Weinberg, who does IT for KU. He also plans to continue painting, a vocation he has taken up in the past few years, which has led to his work appearing in two museums and multiple galleries.
“Lawrence is important and always has been. I’ve accepted appointments to several community agencies where I had dedicated time while working. But I will be able to do even more in retirement,” he says.
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