The University of Michigan has announced a $10 million gift from alumni Ron and Eileen Weiser to establish a diplomacy center.
To be housed at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Weiser Diplomacy Center will bring a diverse cadre of diplomats and foreign policy experts to campus and provide diplomats from around the world short-term opportunities for residencies, while helping students apply knowledge in practical settings through workshops, simulations, conferences, and internship opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.
"The Weiser Diplomacy Center will enhance the University of Michigan’s and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy’s ability to advance international understanding and develop policies that improve lives around the globe," said U-M president Mark Schlissel. "I thank…Ron Weiser and Eileen Weiser for their generosity, vision, and commitment to U-M."
A graduate of the U-M Ross School of Business, Ron Weiser is a former ambassador to Slovakia, founder of McKinley Inc., and a member of the U-M Board of Regents. An alumnus of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Eileen Weiser is a former executive director of the McKinley Foundation and currently chairs the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. With their latest gift, the couple has given more than $89 million to the university.
"I am pleased to provide resources to help in this important field," said Weiser. "Diplomacy is not just relationships between countries, it’s about relationships between people...it can change the direction of a country, affecting tens of millions of people."