News about David Weil

June 3, 2021

Dear Members of the Brandeis Community,

Earlier today, President Biden nominated David Weil, dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, to be the next administrator of the Wage and Hour Division in the U.S. Department of Labor. As David notes in his announcement to the Heller School below, he previously served in this role under President Obama, and he intends to remain in his post as dean of Heller as he navigates the confirmation process.

David has been an exemplary leader here at Brandeis, and the U.S. government would be fortunate to once again benefit from his leadership. I invite you to read his full message and join me in wishing him the best as he pursues this exciting opportunity. 

Best regards,

Ron Liebowitz

Dear Heller Community,

I am writing to share that I have been nominated by President Biden to serve as the next Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division in the U.S. Department of Labor. I had the privilege of serving in that same role under President Obama from 2014 to 2017, and it is with great honor that I have accepted the opportunity to serve this new administration under the leadership of President Biden and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.

The position I have been nominated for requires U.S. Senate confirmation, which is a complex and often months-long process, so this message is not a goodbye. I will remain Dean of the Heller School until my appointment is confirmed by the Senate, and I intend to continue leading all of our strategic initiatives through the summer and likely into the fall. 

I have spoken with university leadership about a potential transition, and we are developing contingency plans together so that the school will be prepared. I remain deeply committed to the success of the Heller School, including a careful transition of leadership. I will keep the community at Heller and Brandeis informed of this process moving forward. 

I have said before that the only reason I would consider leaving Heller would be if I received a call from the White House, and despite the challenges of this year, that sentiment remains true. Working as a part of this amazing community is an honor and I am extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished since I arrived in 2017. 

Over this last, most difficult year in particular, I have witnessed extraordinary collaboration, resilience, dedication and leadership in every team and at all levels of our school. I look forward to all the great work we will accomplish in the months to come.


David Weil
Dean and Professor