Michael T. Victor inaugurated as the College’s 11th President
On Sept. 21, Lake Erie College celebrated an important event in the College’s history – the inauguration of the 11th President Michael T. Victor. Although there have been 11 presidents in the 151-year history of the College, this was only the third formal investiture that has taken place.
President 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.
Before arriving in Painesville, he served as the Dean of the Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst College 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.
Graduating summa cum laude from St. Vincent College, the Ridgway, Pa., native earned his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law. President Victor serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland and the board of trustees of Leadership Lake County.
He and his wife, Craige, reside in the Victor House, the presidential mansion renamed in honor of his accomplishments in his first year of presidency, and together have four children: Bowman, Wade, Courtney and Sloane.
Investiture of a college or university president is a formal induction into office. It is held during the new president’s first year in office, or at the conclusion of the first year. Investiture symbolizes the bestowing of power to the president when he receives the College Badge of Office.