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March 6, 2012
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Baker announces Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Baldwin City, Kan. — Following a national search, Dr. Brian Posler, associate provost for academic affairs at the University of Southern Indiana, has been named Baker University’s executive vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Baker President Dr. Pat Long announced on Tuesday.Brian-Posler-for-web-

In the newly created position, Posler will serve as the chief academic officer for Baker’s four schools — College of Arts and Sciences, School of Professional and Graduate Studies, School of Nursing and School of Education. Posler will begin his official duties on July 1, 2012.

“Dr. Posler embodies the ideals of Baker and has the highest integrity,” Long said. “He will play a critical role on our academic leadership team in promoting and implementing long-term, innovative initiatives that will enhance Baker’s reputation and growth potential. By combining the role of the chief academic officer function and the responsibilities of the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, we have been able to design an effective academic leadership model, ensuring the highest quality in all of our programs.”

In late February, Posler, originally from Manhattan, Kan., toured the Baldwin City campus and visited with the 15-member search committee, faculty and staff.

“As I learned more about Baker President Pat Long and interacted with search committee members, I realized it was a great opportunity to join a vibrant University with strong values and an engaging mission,” Posler said. “I find Baker University is a richly complex, comprehensive university with an outstanding liberal arts community. I hope to contribute to the good work already being done at Baker. I am committed to working with Dr. Long and the Baker community to fulfill Baker’s promise to all students.”

Posler has served as the associate provost for academic affairs at Southern Indiana since 2011, previously serving as assistant provost for undergraduate studies at the Evansville, Ind., university from 2006 to 2011.

From 1997 to 2006, Posler worked through the ranks at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. In 2002-2006, he was associate professor and chair of the political science department at Millikin and was the director of honors in 2003-2006. He started as an assistant professor in 1997.

In 2000-2001, Posler was the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, serving as the appropriations director and legislative assistant for a member of Congress.

Posler received his Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, majoring in politics and American history. He earned his master’s and doctorate in political science from Rice University.


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