Associate Dean Kory Wein takes on additional role as executive director of Confucius Institute

November 26, 2013
Dr. Kory Wein

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Kory Wein, associate dean of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education, has taken on an additional role as executive director of the Confucius Institute, which is now a part of the College of Liberal Arts and Education. Mei Reeder, currently associate director of the Confucius Institute, will become its new director.

The Confucius Institute is a collaborative project among the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and South-Central University for Nationalities in Wuhan, China. It has been a part of UW-Platteville since 2008 and is a part of an international network of more than 1,000 Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms dedicated to enhancing the understanding of Chinese language and culture around the world.

Programs include Mandarin language instruction, presentations about Chinese etiquette and culture, celebrations of important Chinese festivals and traditions and more.

As executive director, Wein will ensure that the UW-Platteville Confucius Institute is in compliance with Hanban funding requirements and will manage all of the institute’s programs, including scholarships, events and business trips to China.

“Dr. Wein has a long history with our shared master's program in English education, teaching in Wuhan, China, as well as working with the MSE students who take their final term here in Platteville,” said Dr. Elizabeth A. Throop, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education. “He has an abiding interest in our combined educational endeavors in China and will provide important leadership for the Confucius Institute.”

“The Confucius Institute promotes cross-cultural awareness, Mandarin Chinese language instruction, international education, faculty exchanges and deep discussions of the issues that unite and divide the U.S. and the People's Republic of China,” said Throop. “As such, it is a perfect fit with the College of Liberal Arts and Education. Our mission involves providing students with opportunities to deepen their global awareness through coursework, conversation and co-curricular activities.”

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Wein.  “I am looking forward to building on the success of the Confucius Institute’s previous leaders, Dr. David Van Buren and Marian Maciej-Hiner, and most recently Dr. Dominic Barraclough, who served as director over the last six months. Their leadership, aided by Mei Reeder and her very capable staff, has enabled the institute to grow and thrive.”

Contact: Dr. Kory Wein, associate dean, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-1151,

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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