Meredith Weenick ’90, the former chief financial officer for the City of Boston, will return to Harvard this summer as the University’s vice president for campus services, a position which includes oversight of more than 1,500 employees and the ongoing construction of the Smith Campus Center, the University announced on Tuesday.
After graduating from Harvard Business School in 2002, Weenick joined the office of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino as a policy advisor. In 2007, she took more control of the city’s finances as an associate director of the Office of Administration and Finance before rising to become the city’s CFO in 2010. When Menino left office in January of 2014, Weenick stayed on to help new mayor Martin J. Walsh prepare his first budget.
Weenick has also served local volunteer groups, including the Cambridge-based non-profit Transition House, which provides support to victims of domestic violence.
Weenick, who will begin work at Harvard on July 14, replaces Lisa Hogarty, who served as vice president for campus services from 2010 until earlier this year when she announced her departure for a similar position at Dartmouth.
The vice president for campus services manages many of the daily operations on campus. Weenick will oversee not only the construction of the campus center, but also the Common Spaces Initiative, emergency services, and the management and operations of Harvard’s vast real estate portfolio.
“As an alumna of both the College and the Business School, I feel a tremendous connection to Harvard, which inspired me to public service and has had an immeasurable effect on my career,” Weenick said in the University’s press release. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to direct the team responsible for the day-to-day operations of the institution.”
Weenick will report to the University’s executive vice president, Katherine N. Lapp, who emphasized the scope of Weenick’s position in a statement Tuesday.
“Managing the daily operations of an institution as large as Harvard while pursuing a strategic vision that supports its teaching and research mission requires a leader to maintain a delicate balance,” Lapp said. “The skills that Meredith has honed with the City of Boston and several service-oriented organizations will be a tremendous asset to the University.”
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