Vienna Bids Farewell but Not Goodbye to Arthur Hirsh

| June 29, 2015
Hirsh farewell reception

Colleagues and friends saluted Arthur Hirsh in the Palais Wenkheim, a legacy of his 15 years as Webster Vienna director.

Over 90 colleagues and friends gathered June 24 to commemorate the tenure of Arthur Hirsh, who has stepped down after 15 years as director of Webster University’s Vienna campus. Hirsh announced his decision in December.

President Beth Stroble and Provost Julian Schuster opened the event with a video message.

“I know how much Webster Vienna has changed in the past six years, and I can hardly fathom the changes that you have been part of over the last 15 years,” Stroble said in the message. “Certainly there has been academic strength, facility strength, there has been town and community impact strength, and now Webster Vienna is positioned so well for the future.”

“The space will be empty without you, Arthur, but you will always be with us,” Schuster said.

Webster Vienna Advisory Board Chair Thomas Hintze, who is also chair of the Supervisory Board of UPC, also delivered remarks and shared some recollections of their work together for Webster. There was also a slideshow highlighting the past 15 years, and a number of employees shared touching and humorous memories. Finally, a delicious cake highlighting his legacy, the move to Palais Wenkheim, was served.

Gifts and gestures included a leather album, full of photos and messages from employees and prominent members of the community. A plaque was hung in the Atrium, commemorating that under Hirsh’s leadership Webster moved to its new home at Palais Wenkheim.

The event made clear to all the impact of Hirsh’s tenure, and how he will be missed. He is not leaving completely, however; Hirsh will continue as an external consultant on a part-time basis for Webster.

Watch the video farewell message from Stroble and Schuster here.

See more photos from the event here.

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