Hal Weitzman, a former Financial Times reporter and author of a new book on relations between the U.S. and South America, has been appointed executive director of intellectual capital at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the school announced today.
In the newly-created position Weitzman is responsible for distributing Chicago Booth faculty research and program materials to a wide variety of audiences including alumni, the news media, and the general business community.
He will build and lead a team that will also create and manage content based on exemplary student experiences and alumni accomplishments.
Weitzman will join Booth on September 24.
"We have found in Hal someone who combines considerable business and domain knowledge, writing capability, and leadership and collaboration skills with solid journalism experience," said Sunil Kumar, Booth dean. "These skills will be assets as we move to enhance the school’s impact and reputation in all of its intellectual endeavors."
Weitzman has spent the past 12 years at the Financial Times, most recently as Chicago and Midwest bureau chief. Previously he was chief of the newspaper’s bureau in Lima, Peru and a news editor at its London headquarters where he focused on coverage of North and South America.
Weitzman is the author of the book "Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering," published by Wiley earlier this year. He also wrote a chapter on the history of Chicago’s financial exchanges in "Regulated Exchanges: Dynamic Agents of Economic Growth," published by Oxford University Press in 2010.
"I am very excited to join Chicago Booth and look forward to working closely with its world renowned faculty, students and alumni," Weitzman said. "I am keen to start on the challenge of helping Booth to convey its outstanding research to a broader audience."
Weitzman is a graduate of Oriel College at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom where he received a master’s degree in politics. After Oxford, he attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as the Frank Knox Fellow. He earned an undergraduate degree in politics and parliamentary studies at the University of Leeds in the U.K. where he was awarded first class honors and interned at the British House of Commons and U.S. House of Representatives.