Schiller International University was founded in 1964 at the initiative of Walter Leibrecht (PhD.). After undergraduate studies at Erlangen-Nuremberg and Heidelberg, Walter Leibrecht was to become one of the first German students in the post-war era to have the opportunity to study abroad, first at the University of Zurich then at the University of Chicago. He accepted an offer to teach in the Department of Philosophy of Columbia University in 1953. He later moved to a position at Harvard University where he became a close associate of Paul Tillich, one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century. Walter Leibrecht would later accept chairs in ecumenical theology and teach as a professor at the University of Chicago.
In the early years of his academic career at Columbia, Harvard, Northwestern and Chicago, Walter Leibrecht was regularly approached by young American students wanting to learn and study in Germany. His advisory role on study abroad opportunities in Germany would lead him to develop a vision of international education and incite him to establish his own university. He named this institution after Friedrich Schiller, the great German poet and playwright and defender of Enlightenment ideals of liberty and tolerance among nations. From its early starts in Heidelberg, and at its main campus in the United States based near Tampa Bay, Schiller International University would grow with the creation of other campuses, such as Paris in 1968, and later Madrid and London in the 1970s.
Today, Schiller International University builds upon more than 50 years of experience as a reference in international education. The university is currently under the leadership of Russell Palmer, owner of the Palmer Group. Former CEO of Deloitte Touche and former Dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Russell Palmer has made Schiller International University an institution that remains both true to its international roots and forward-looking as it forges a path of innovation and excellence into the 21st century.string(0) ""