After 15 Years, Hirsh to Step Down as Vienna Director in 2015

| December 2, 2014

Arthur Hirsh, director of Webster University’s Vienna campus for the past 15 years, will step down from the director position at the end of June.

During his tenure, enrollment nearly doubled in Vienna, Webster achieved accreditation from Austria, and the campus was relocated to a strategically better location.

Hirsh at Vienna Grand Opening

Appointed director in 2000, Hirsh recently oversaw the relocation of Webster Vienna to the Palais Wenkheim.

“Being director of Webster Vienna has been for me the most wonderful job,” Hirsh said in a note to staff announcing his title change. “I have always felt deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve the higher purpose that our international education mission fulfills.”

Hirsh was appointed director of Webster University Vienna in June 2000. During his time as Vienna’s director, Hirsh oversaw the Austrian accreditation and re-accreditation and also helped create partnerships for the MBA program in Slovakia and Hungary.

Since 2000, enrollment has grown by 80 percent and the number of full-time faculty members great by more than 15. Today, Webster Vienna has students from more than 70 countries and faculty and staff members from more than 20 countries.

Hirsh recently led the move to a new campus at the Palais Wenkheim in Vienna, putting the campus closer to the heart of the city and improving both accessibility and visibility for Webster.

Hirsh also served as interim director of Webster University’s Thailand campus for six months in 2002 while the University searched for a permanent leader there.

Prior to joining Webster, Hirsh served as director of Virginia Tech’s Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland and was a faculty member at Boston University, both at their home campus in Boston and at European locations in Belgium, France, Germany and Italy. He earned his PhD in Modern European History from the State University of New York at Binghamton; and is the author of “The French New Left: An Intellectual History from Sartre to Gorz.”

“Under Dr. Hirsh’s leadership, Vienna has become one of our most successful international campuses,” said Julian Schuster, the provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Webster University. “His passion for international education and his ability to foster collaboration among many partners has bolstered Webster’s mission overseas. We will move ahead with an international search to find someone who will continue the great work so far and who will lead the community to new successes.”

Hirsh will continue to work for Webster University in a part-time capacity after he steps down from the director’s position.

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