The Lake Erie College Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Dr. Brian D. Posler, Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, as the 12th president of Lake Erie College. This announcement follows a unanimous vote at the board meeting on Saturday, Feb. 13. Posler will take office on or about June 15, 2016.
The Board accepted the recommendation of the College’s Presidential Search Committee, which conducted a national search beginning last summer. The Search Committee was led by Dana Dennis, chairman of the LEC Board of Directors.
“The Board of Directors is delighted to welcome a new visionary leader to Lake Erie College. Dr. Posler will add strength to our academic vision, programs and brand,” said Dennis. “He brings a deep understanding of higher education as well as of our mission. His ability to articulate that mission in a meaningful and compassionate way, while honoring our 160 years of history, will position Lake Erie as a preferred choice in preparing students for outstanding careers and citizenship.”
As Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Baker University, Posler is the university’s Chief Academic Officer and provides leadership for the academic deans from all other schools, admissions, financial aid, the Student Academic Success Center and student affairs. He previously led Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies, the library, the registrar’s office, and the institutional research office, and he is a professor of political science and a member of the Corps of Consultant-Evaluators for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
“I am thrilled to become the 12th president of Lake Erie College,” said Posler. “I gratefully accept the mantle of leadership of this dynamic institution with its vibrant spirit of community and grand liberal arts tradition. I look forward to joining the directors, faculty and staff as together we fulfill our mission to prepare students for meaningful lives, successful careers and responsible citizenship.”
Prior to joining Baker University, Posler served as Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies and later as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern Indiana. He has held several faculty positions, including his roles as Chair of the Department of Political Science and Director of the Honors Program at Millikin University, and he was one of four political scientists chosen nationally to serve Congress as a congressional fellow with the American Political Science Association in 2000-2001. Posler holds a B.A. in politics and history from Cornell College as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Rice University.
Posler comes to Lake Erie College at a time of exciting momentum and will propel the institution to new levels of transformative education. He will be working closely with Interim President Peter Gerhart, who took office last summer, to ensure a seamless transition and a continuation of the College’s positive direction.
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