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President Michael T. Victor Contributes Chapter for Newly Released Book on Technology in Higher Education

Michael T. Victor, president of Lake Erie College, is helping to improve higher education by sharing his experiences with college and university presidents around the world.

President Victor contributed a chapter on Tuesday, Jan. 19 to the new book President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education, Volume II. Written by college presidents, for presidents, the book examines technology as a means to improve the business of higher education while still honoring its mission.

President Victor’s Chapter on “The Role of Portals in Higher Education” discusses the ways in which technology can be used on campus but more importantly that the fundamentals of any technology initiative should support the academic or pedagogical framework of the organization.

“The CIC/SunGard President to President Technology project is a wonderful tool for presidents to communicate not only to other presidents but to the higher education community in general. This book provides opportunity for presidents to communicate how technology is being used successfully at their own institution and allows insight to others regarding how they can utilize technology to further their educational mission,” said President Victor of Lake Erie College.

Lake Erie College’s 11th President, Michael T. Victor, has brought a new and contagious excitement and level of expectancy to Lake Erie College. An action president, and an accessible president, he has a bold vision for the future of the College. Since his appointment, President Victor has overseen record enrollment and fundraising. He launched new football, tennis and lacrosse programs and is overseeing the College’s transition to NCAA Division II athletics.

Before arriving in Painesville, he served as the dean of the Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst College beginning in 2002 and previously was an assistant professor of business and executive-in-residence at Gannon University. He gained much of his experience as the CEO of Pyramid Industries and subsidiaries and as an attorney in the Corporate Law Department of MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton. 

In 2005, SunGard Higher Education published a first volume of President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education, which addressed the strategic role of technology in transforming institutional operations. The response was overwhelming and soon a Spanish version was printed and distributed throughout Central and South America.

SunGard Higher Education and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) collaborated to publish Volume II. Ten CIC member presidents were selected to contribute chapters based on their direct experiences with a wide range of technology opportunities and issues, ranging from social media to cloud computing to analytics. The book is edited by Jacqueline Powers Doud, President, Mount St. Mary’s College; Marylouise Fennell, Senior Counsel, Council of Independent Colleges; and Scott D. Miller, President, Bethany College.

The new publication is available free of charge as a downloadable e-book at

About Lake Erie College

Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 33 undergraduate majors and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.

About the Council of Independent Colleges

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education and enhance private higher education’s contributions to society. To fulfill this mission, CIC provides its members with skills, tools and knowledge that address aspects of leadership, financial management and performance, academic quality and institutional visibility. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.


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