For­mer NU pres­i­dent dead at 90

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

Arnold R. We­ber, who helped North­west­ern Univer­sity at­tract top fac­ulty and dra­mat­i­cally im­prove its fi­nances dur­ing his more than a decade as the school’s pres­i­dent, has died. He was 90.

The univer­sity said in a news re­lease that Mr. We­ber, who served as the school’s 14th pres­i­dent from 1985 un­til 1994, died of nat­u­ral causes at his Northbrook home on Thurs­day. He was re­cently hos­pi­tal­ized for con­ges­tive lung fail­ure, a univer­sity spokesman said.

When his re­tire­ment was an­nounced, Mr. We­ber was cred­ited with putting the univer­sity on solid fi­nan­cial foot­ing. At a time when many other uni­ver­si­ties were strug­gling fi­nan­cially, North­west­ern’s as­sets rose from about $661 mil­lion to $1.6 bil­lion, and re­search grants more than dou­bled from $64 mil­lion to $155 mil­lion dur­ing his ten­ure, ac­cord­ing to a Chicago Tri­bune ar­ti­cle on his re­tire­ment.

He was also cred­ited with rais­ing the univer­sity’s aca­demic pro­file, both at its main cam­pus in Evanston and in down­town Chicago, where its med­i­cal cen­ter was in the midst of a $630 mil­lion re­vi­tal­iza­tion. At the time Mr. We­ber left, “stu­dents were ap­ply­ing to un­der­grad­u­ate, grad­u­ate and pro­fes­sional pro­grams in record num­bers,” the school said in the news re­lease an­nounc­ing his death.

Be­fore tak­ing the job at North­west­ern, Mr. We­ber served as pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity of Colorado for five years and on the fac­ulty of the Univer­sity of Chicago’s Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness.

Mr. We­ber, who was pre­ceded in death by his wife, Edna, is sur­vived by three sons and eight grand­chil­dren, the school said.

Arnold R. We­ber

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