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Eugene, Oregon Event with President Wim Wiewel

Date: 5:30pm PDT April 29

  • President Wiewel
    President Wiewel

You are cordially invited to a special evening with Lewis & Clark President, Wim Wiewel. Connect with alumni, parents, and friends of Lewis & Clark. Enjoy drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres and hear from the college’s 25th president.

A Special Evening in Eugene with President Wiewel
Monday, April 29, 2019
6 - 8 pm

Reception followed by remarks by President Wiewel

Inn at the Fifth
205 East 6th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401

Event cost is $15 and includes appetizers, open bar, and non-alcoholic beverages.

 Register here!

Valet parking only is available at the Inn at the Fifth. It is $5.
For questions about this event, please call our office at 503.768.7950.

More on the Speaker

Wim Wiewel, who first came to the United States as a high school exchange student, became Lewis & Clark’s 25th president on October 1, 2017. He took the helm after nine years leading Portland State University, where he earned a Chief Executive Leadership Award in 2014 from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

During his first year at Lewis & Clark, he led fundraising initiatives that produced a record-setting $22 million in gifts and pledges. He also launched an institution-wide strategic planning process and set the stage for developing a campus master plan.

Receiving a classic liberal arts education as a high school student in his native Amsterdam, Wiewel learned early on the value of a broad-based education rooted in critical thinking and analysis. The first in his family to go to college, he holds degrees in sociology and urban planning from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD in sociology from Northwestern University.

His own life experiences, teaching, research, and academic leadership underscore his deep commitment to the importance of international education. Lewis & Clark embeds global perspectives as one of its core values, and President Wiewel has written, “We need international students as part of the worldwide exchange of people and ideas. Neither institutions of higher education nor society at large can afford to stifle the movement of people and ideas when the greatest challenges facing humanity—from climate change to the global refugee crisis to terrorism and health crises—can only be solved through greater collaboration and innovative applications of knowledge.”

He is a proponent of strong civic engagement, asserting that it benefits both the college and the community we call home. A nationally recognized expert in urban planning and in the way colleges and universities strengthen their home cities, he has served on a number of prominent business and cultural organizations.

A longtime advocate of teaching and practicing sustainability, Wiewel works closely with civic, business, and academic leaders to drive collaboration. In 2012, he received the inaugural Presidential Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools. He has been invited to the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit organized by Second Nature. Invitations are extended only to leaders of institutions that have earned the organization’s Marks of Distinction, which Lewis & Clark did in 2018.

Wim has authored or edited nine books and more than 65 articles and chapters that have appeared in such publications as Economic Geography and the Journal of the American Planning Association. His most recent books are Global Universities and Urban Development and Suburban Sprawl.

His wife, Alice Wiewel, is a full partner in his role as president and serves as Oregon’s State Architect. Together they have four children. Admirers of Portland’s eclectic cultural offerings and of Oregon’s amazing natural beauty, Wim and Alice take time to camp and explore the mountains, coasts, and deserts. They also enjoy performances and athletic events in and around Portland, and frequent community receptions and dinners.