Weeren named assistant to
the president, speech-writer

John S. Weeren, formerly an assistant archivist and head of public services at Princeton's Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, has been named assistant to the president and speech-writer for President Tilghman. He will begin working two days a week in early March and then move to full time in mid-April.

John S. Weeren

John S. Weeren

"In addition to being an excellent writer, John brings a deep knowledge and appreciation of Princeton's history and a broad interest in the life of the campus," Tilghman said. "He has already done some writing for me, and I greatly look forward to working with him on a wide range of projects."

Currently the college archivist at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., Weeren first joined the Princeton staff in 1994 as a project archivist working on the papers of David A. Morse, who headed the International Labour Organization for 22 years and under whose leadership the ILO won the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1998, Weeren was named head of public services for Mudd Library. In this capacity, he fielded hundreds of questions about Princeton's history and wrote or edited some 1,600 letters per year, while also writing or editing research memoranda, collection guides, exhibition captions, press releases, talking points, Web pages, articles, papers and grant applications.

Since leaving for the Lehigh Valley in 2001, he has retained ties to Princeton as a consulting archivist for the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, working most recently on the Firestone Library exhibition in honor of George F. Kennan.

Weeren earned his bachelor's degree with first class honors in history and Spanish from the University of King's College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and his master's degree in history from the University of British Columbia. In addition to working as an archivist for the Dartmouth Heritage Museum in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, the University of King's College and the National Archives of Canada, he also worked as a parliamentary intern in Canada's House of Commons and as an assistant to Barbara McDougall when she served as Canada's secretary of state for external affairs.

As assistant to the president and speechwriter, Weeren will work directly with Tilghman on the preparation of speeches, reports, statements, articles, correspondence and other communications and will represent the president's office at meetings and events as well as on other occasions.

Dahlen named director of
the University's OneCard office

Elisabeth Dahlen, director of budget and finance in the Office of Information Technology, has been named director of the University's OneCard office. Her appointment is effective March 1.

Elisabeth Dahlen  

Elisabeth Dahlen


This new office will centralize management of the operations and services that use Princeton's identification card, including the University ID card office, dining services and building access control as well as Paw Points, a declining balance system used to purchase food and merchandise at stores and departments on and off campus.

It is being formed as the result of a recommendation to the Priorities Committee by the Card Management Steering Committee, a group of senior University administrators who have been analyzing the ID card functions.

"I strongly endorse the recommendation of the committee to create a single OneCard office offering 'one-stop' convenience for the University community," said Provost Amy Gutmann. "And I am very pleased that Elisabeth has agreed to take on the responsibility to implement this recommendation over the coming months."

The office will be located on the A level of New South. Initial integration work will be supervised by the Office of the Vice President for Administration.

A Princeton staff member since 1987, Dahlen previously spent eight years at McGraw-Hill Publishing. She also has professional experience as a public accountant.

She earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California-San Diego and an M.B.A from New York University.


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