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Daniel Weiss (art historian) : biography


Daniel Weiss is the former President of Lafayette College and the current President of Haverford College. Weiss assumed the presidency of Lafayette College on July 1, 2005. On May 1, 2012, it was announced that Weiss would assume the presidency of Haverford College, and he did so on July 1, 2013.


In 1994 he won the Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize, which is awarded annually by the Medieval Academy of America for a first article in the field of Medieval Studies judged to be of outstanding quality. He was one of the first art historians to receive that award. He received three awards for teaching excellence as a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty.

Academic Background

Daniel Weiss came to Lafayette from Johns Hopkins University, where he was the James R Knapp Dean of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. His duties as dean included oversight of all departments and faculty, graduate and undergraduate academic programs, scholarly and scientific research, budget and financial operations, strategic planning, development and alumni affairs, housing and student life, admissions, and enrollment services. Before being named to that position in 2002, he was the Dean of the Faculty at the Krieger School, with responsibility for academic and budgetary oversight of 300 faculty within 30 departments and major centers.

A leading authority on the art of medieval Europe in the Age of the Crusades, Weiss was a professor of art history in the Krieger School and chaired the art history department from 1998 to 2001. He earned an M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1992) in art history at Johns Hopkins and joined the faculty there in 1993. He also holds an M.B.A. (1985) from the Yale School of Management and was a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. from 1985 to 1989. He received his B.A. from George Washington University in 1979, with a double major in art history and psychology.


Weiss has written or edited four books and numerous articles on the art of the Middle Ages, with a special focus on Romanesque, Gothic, and Crusader art and the interaction of Byzantine culture with the Medieval West. He has also published widely in other fields, including American higher education and documentary photographs from World War II and the Holocaust, and has lectured at many colleges, universities, and museums in the United States and abroad. His research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University, Yale University, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the /Centro italiano di studi sull'Alto medioevo/.


Weiss is married to Sandra Jarva Weiss, a graduate of The George Washington University and its law school. A specialist in health-care law, she is a partner in the firm of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. The Weisses have two young sons, Teddy and Joel.

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