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Greg Weiner becomes first Jewish president of US Catholic university to date

The political scientist taught at Assumption University for more than a decade before taking over at the helm.

Greg Weiner, president of Assumption University in Worcester, Mass. Source: Facebook/Assumption University.
Greg Weiner, president of Assumption University in Worcester, Mass. Source: Facebook/Assumption University.

When he was inaugurated as Assumption University’s 17th president on March 23, Greg Weiner reportedly became the first Jewish person to run a Catholic university in the United States. After serving in the role on an interim basis the prior year at the educational institution in Worcester, Mass., he was eventually nominated for the position.

Weiner, who earned a doctorate at Georgetown University, a Jesuit school, came to Assumption in 2011 as a professor in the political science department. He taught subjects including America’s founding, Congress, U.S. political thought, civil liberties and constitutional law. In 2019, he became provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Weiner has authored four books on U.S. politics and history. He has also served as a non-resident senior fellow at American Enterprise Institute. He also worked on the Hill in Washington, including as communications director and press secretary to senators.

Raised Orthodox, he is an active member of a Conservative synagogue. His grandparents founded an Orthodox synagogue in Florida.

“Growing up in a small town in Texas, we were the only Jewish family in town,” Weiner has said, which “can give you more appreciation for your religion and other religions.”

Assumption, he has said, welcomes “anyone who is interested in pursuing the truth in the company of friends.”

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