Bryan DePoy, Lake Erie College's provost, was previously the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at Lake Erie College. Before coming to LEC, Dr. DePoy served as the dean of the College of Creative Arts and Communication at Youngstown State University (YSU), where he also served as the interim associate provost for research and graduate studies. He was also an assistant dean and dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he served on the faculty as a tenured professor. Dr. DePoy has served multiple boards and advisory groups, including as chairperson of the board for Western Reserve Public Media, Ohio’s largest public television affiliate. He also was among the founders of Power of the Arts, an arts advocacy and economic development non-profit organization located in Youngstown, Ohio. He serves actively as a Peer Reviewer and site visit Team Chair for the Higher Learning Commission and was awarded a Peer Corps Hero Mighty Mentor award from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) during the organization’s 2021 annual conference. Dr. DePoy also served as chair of the Ohio Chief Academic Officers steering committee for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio. He holds a doctor of music degree from Florida State University, a master of music degree from the University of New Mexico, a bachelor of music degree from the Indiana University School of Music, and a Higher Education Assessment Specialist certificate from James Madison University. He is a Certified Mediator and Conflict Resolution Specialist with an emphasis in Workplace Conflict (University of Richmond in conjunction with Mediators Without Borders), has completed graduate-level coursework from Harvard University’s Extension School in Advanced Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and has completed coursework in Complex Negotiation at Cornell University through their Negotiation Mastery certificate program. In addition, he has given numerous workshops and presentations regarding workplace conflict to companies and organizations. He was the keynote speaker for the State of Ohio Clerks of Court Summer Conference. He has an active certification from the National Association of Certified Mediators.