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Five Questions with Leslie Ford Weber

Five Questions with Leslie Ford Weber

Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus Executive Director Elaine Amir retired Sept. 30. On an interim basis, Leslie Ford Weber is serving as campus executive director.

Leslie Ford Weber Leslie knows her way around Johns Hopkins and Montgomery County. She is director of government and community affairs for Montgomery County, representing both the university and the Johns Hopkins health system in their interactions with county elected officials, businesses and other external organizations. Before joining Government and Community Affairs, Leslie held a dual role as executive vice president of the Suburban Hospital Foundation and senior vice president of Government and Community Relations for Suburban Hospital.

She is the treasurer of Montgomery Women; a past chair of the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce; and a 2007 Leadership Montgomery core program graduate. She also serves on the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.

What are your impressions so far of the Montgomery County Campus?

Prior to my appointment, I was an occasional visitor to the campus, usually for a meeting or special event.  I didn't fully appreciate the variety of activities that take place here nor the extended hours during which the campus is active.  It's an interesting transition in the late afternoon from the seniors attending classes during the day through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to the graduate students coming onto the campus for their evening classes.

You have been a Montgomery County resident for 17 years. What do you like about living here?

There are so many things to appreciate about living in Montgomery County!  My family enjoys walking to restaurants and stores in downtown Bethesda from our house, but we also enjoy getting out and around to use the park system or take in a show at Strathmore.   Our children are enrolled in the Montgomery County Public Schools and certainly benefit from the breadth of offerings and the high expectations of their teachers.  We also have great neighbors!

You graduated from the University of Michigan. What do you see as a similarity between University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University? A difference?

Michigan and Hopkins were both leaders in the 19th century in bringing a research focus to American higher education and expanding graduate education.  I'm proud that both continue to be global leaders in advanced knowledge.  I'm also looking forward to seeing that first Big Ten lacrosse conference game between the Wolverines and the BlueJays!

Tell us something we didn’t know about Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins was an entrepreneur.  He left the family grocery business to start a liquor company and was an early investor in a new technology... railroads.  I think he would appreciate the University's role in encouraging start-ups and developing the region's biotechnology industry.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Highly unlikely since I'm not much of a gambler.  It would also depend on how much I won!