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Wiener is first Faculty Senate Distinguished Service winner

Sept. 25, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Dr. William R. Wiener, who retired as dean of the Graduate College at Western Michigan University in July, is the first recipient of the Faculty Senate Distinguished Service Award.

The award, which will be bestowed annually, was presented just prior to Wiener's retirement. He was honored for his achievements in blindness and low vision studies and for his service to students and faculty of the Graduate College.

Wiener is now vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School at Marquette University. He came to WMU in 1987 as chair of what is now the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies and was named dean of the Graduate College in 2002. He is credited with a lengthy list of accomplishments that range from creating a new academic discipline aimed at providing travel instruction for people with disabilities to writing a textbook used by most university programs in the blindness field.

In 2004, Wiener won the Ambrose M. Shotwell Memorial Award presented for a lifetime of achievement by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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