Presidential mansion renamed in honor of President Victor’s success
The Lake Erie College board of directors has recently renamed the school’s mansion in recognition of the achievements of President Michael T. Victor. Formerly known as Manor House, the mansion’s name has now been changed to the Victor House.
The Victor House, located at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, plays host to several College and local community events. Victor and his wife, Craige, plan to restore many of the traditions of the presidential mansion and host many College events at the site once renovations are completed this summer.
“There has been a long legacy of Lake Erie College presidents living at the estate and my family looks forward to being a part of that tradition. We are planning to move into the house in September,” said Victor.
In just one short year, Victor has instrumented a record year in fundraising and record enrollment for the fall. He also led the charge to reintroduce old traditions while developing new ones. Several areas of the campus received facelifts this past year, while other renovations are set for this summer.
Summer renovations will include landscaping, paving of walkways and the painting of interior buildings. Reconstruction to the football locker room at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium located in the Kiwanis Recreation Park will be completed early August. Other projects include a roof replacement for the Fine Arts building, new carpeting on the first floor of the Holden Center and renovation to the back porch of College Hall.
The Erie, Pa., native most recently served as dean of the Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst College since 2002 where he oversaw all graduate and undergraduate programs in business, communications and hotel, restaurant and institutional management. At that post, Victor was successful in achieving full accreditation of the school by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, increasing the number of courses and majors available in the business school and developing a new mentoring program.
Prior to joining Mercyhurst, he served as adjunct professor of business at Gannon University from 1991-2000 and assistant professor/executive in residence at Gannon from 1991-2002.
Victor received much of his experience as a highly successful business owner. From 1988-1991, he was co-owner of Pyramid Industries and subsidiaries, which produced and sold equipment to the telecommunications industry. Between 1988 - 2000, Victor served Pyramid Industries as president, then president/CEO and later as CEO and chairman, and developed substantial personal, political, and business contacts before selling the company in 2000. He also worked in the Corporate Law Department of MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton as an attorney from 1986-1988.