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(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) – The Board of Directors of Lake Erie College (LEC) has named Michael T. Victor as 11th President of the College. Victor formerly served as Dean of the Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania and will begin the transition as President of Lake Erie College over the next month.
Lake Erie College is exactly the kind of institution that I have long had the desire to serve and to lead as president,” said Victor. “As John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” This College is a strong, vibrant academic institution, with a committed faculty, administration, board and students. I look forward to working hard to make the dreams of the Lake Erie College community become a reality. I will enthusiastically take on the presidential roles of fundraising, fiscal oversight, and leadership, and to represent Lake Erie College to the outside world.”
A national search was conducted to find the new president, and Victor was chosen out of a field of 78 candidates. “When we looked closely at the needs of the College, it became overwhelmingly clear that Michael Victor was the right choice to lead us,” said Richard Kessler, President of the Board of Directors. “Victor has the right mix of administrative leadership and fundraising expertise that is so critically needed at Lake Erie College at this time. We are excited that he has accepted the challenge and look forward to the positive changes that lie ahead.”
“Michael Victor has a very dynamic personality and I look forward to working with him through the transition,” said Interim President, Sue Dreitzler. “I’ve really enjoyed being back on campus, but feel confident leaving knowing the College is in such capable hands.”
Victor 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, he was successful in achieving full accreditation of the school by the International Assembly for
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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.
Victor received his B.A., summa cum laude, from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law. He received the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year Award from the Erie Chamber of Commerce in 1998 and is past president of The Erie Club. He is also a member of the Kahkwa Country Club, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Society and the Newcomen Society.
In addition to his achievements in business and higher education, Victor is very involved with charitable organizations. He volunteers for the Erie Day School, the Erie Art Museum, St. Vincent and Hamot Medical Centers and serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Vincent College. He and his wife Craige currently reside in Erie and together have four children: Bowman, a senior at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia; Wade, a freshman at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia; Courtney, a junior at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson and Sloane, an eighth grader at Erie Day School.
Victor succeeds Dr. Hal Laydon, LEC’s 10th president, who retired in 2005 after 14 years of service to the College. Sue Dreitzler, a former LEC faculty member and administrator who recently retired as vice president of institutional advancement at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) has served as Interim President during the search.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education, offering 22 undergraduate majors and master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies and international learning opportunities for students. For more information, call 800-533-4996 or visit the website at
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