Heiss named interim secretary of the faculty

Jan. 7, 2014

by Käri Knutson

William Heiss will serve as the new interim secretary of the faculty for a six-month appointment that began Jan. 6.

Photo: Bill Heiss

Bill Heiss

Heiss replaces Andrea Poehling who will continue to manage three current administrative searches that are already underway.

Heiss comes to the position from a long and respected career in the School of Social Work, most recently serving as assistant director of the school. He has served on a number of governance committees, as well as the College of Letters and Science Committee on Academic Staff Issues.

As interim secretary, Heiss is the primary liaison between the faculty and administration. 

“This is an amazing university with amazing faculty who do amazing things,” Heiss says. “One of the reasons is its cherished tradition of faculty governance. After serving 25 years supporting the work and purposes of faculty in the School of Social Work, moving to the Secretary of the Faculty's Office to support faculty governance to the campus as a whole in a more direct way is a wonderful opportunity.”

A search for a new permanent secretary is expected to take place this spring.