Paul Belanger Named Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean at Lake Erie College Academic Affairs and Dean at Lake Erie College(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) - Retired biology professor, Paul Belanger has returned to the Lake Erie College campus as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College effective June 19, 2006. Belanger will be responsible for overseeing all academic areas of the College while a search for a replacement dean is conducted.
Belanger retired at the end of the 2005-2006 academic years after 30 years of service to the College. He held many positions over the years, including professor of biology, director of the environmental science program, chair of the science and mathematics area and associate dean of arts and sciences.
"Paul Belanger is the perfect fit for interim dean," said Michael Victor, president of the College. "We needed someone who had the respect of the faculty and would work hard to help move important projects ahead. Paul works well with his peers and is personally dedicated to the College. I look forward to working with him."
Belanger earned his BS from the University of Massachusetts, MA from Syracuse University and Ph.D. from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. He is a Certified Senior Ecologist (Ecological Society of America) and is a member of the Ecological Society of America, Animal Behavioral Society and the Society for Conservation Biology. He also serves as President of the Grand River Partners, Inc., is a Trustee of the Lake Parks Foundation and volunteers at the Lake Metroparks, Burroughs Nature Club. Originally from Holyoke, MA, Belanger and his wife Susan reside in Madison Village, Ohio.
"Although I was prepared for retirement, I felt it was important to return to campus and honor the request to fill the vacancy on a temporary basis," said Belanger. "The faculty of this College is superb and I am honored to serve and assist them."
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education, offering 26 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 visit www.lec.edu or call 800/533-4996.