Chief of Staff and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
As chief of staff and vice president for strategic initiatives, Daryl Weinert serves as a trusted, confidential adviser to the president, helping to implement the university’s priorities and goals in close collaboration with senior university leadership and external stakeholders. He facilitates, coordinates and provides leadership for a broad set of university-wide initiatives, with a focus on those cutting across multiple administrative and academic units. He also oversees programmatic and budgetary matters in the Office of the President.
Prior to joining CMU, Weinert served as associate vice president at the University of Michigan’s office of research where he oversaw budget and finance, human resources, shared services and communications. Additionally, he provided leadership for research administration co-chairing the Research Administration Advisory Council and providing strategic oversight of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Previously Weinert founded and served as the first executive director of Michigan’s Business Engagement Center, the focal point for corporate interactions at the University of Michigan.
He joined Michigan in 1999 as director of corporate relations for the College of Engineering. In 2006, he was promoted to senior director of corporate and government relations. Before joining the university he served as the director of procurement strategy for Aon Corporation at their worldwide headquarters in Chicago. Prior to his work at Aon he was vice president of commercial banking with JP Morgan Chase & Co.
In 1992, Daryl volunteered for a year of service abroad with the National Service League, coordinating the Joint Energy Efficiency Project. This project brought together resources from the U.S. Department of Energy; the City of Pécs, Hungary; and the Pollack Mihály Müszaki Föiskola (Mihály Pollack Technical College) to promote energy efficiency within Hungary and East Central Europe. Daryl also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal from 1987 to 1989, working on the Appropriate Technology program of the Agricultural Development Bank.
Daryl currently serves as treasurer of the international board for Youth For Understanding (YFU) and as a member of the board of trustees for Youth For Understanding USA. YFU is one of the world's oldest, largest and most respected student exchange organizations, a non-profit international educational organization with programs in 64 countries.
He received a B.S. in industrial and operations engineering and a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan in 1986.