Dr. DePoy is second candidate for LHU president

From staff reports

Dr. Brian W. DePoy is the second revealed candidate for Lock Haven University president.

Dr. DePoy is vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Lake Erie College (LEC) in Painesville, Ohio, a position he’s held since January 2015.

He served as interim president of Lake Erie College in June 2016 amid a transition.

In his current position, Dr. DePoy provides strategic oversight for all operations in academic affairs at LEC, including developing and analyzing budgets, maintaining financial controls and decision-making processes.

He’s also LEC’s institutional Higher Learning Commission Accreditation liaison officer.

In his work in enrollment and retention, Dr. DePoy created a new dean of student academic success position to provide leadership for student retention, persistence initiatives, co-curricular activities and first year programs. He crafted a first-year retention program “Be Empowered.”

Lake Erie College is a private, liberal arts college founded in 1856.

With an enrollment of just over 1,100 students and 115 full and part-time faculty, LEC has a student-faculty ratio of 14 to 1, an average class size of 15 and about 37 percent of students commute.

Among Dr. DePoy’s many responsibilities is to collaborate with the president to establish relationships, meet with current and prospective donors.

Under enrollment and retention, he lists as significant accomplishments as follows:

r Creation of a new Dean of Student Academic Success position to provide leadership for retention, persistence initiatives, co-curricular activities, and first-year programs.

r Crafting a first-year retention program (Pathways to Success) for 2016 implementation utilizing the institution’s new “Be Empowered” initiative utilizing colloquia based upon four cornerstones: 1) Communicating for Success; 2) Building Your Community for Success; 3) Creative Thinking for Success; and, 4) Planning for Success.

r Providing strategic leadership for new summer course offerings that resulted in a 19 percent increase in student credit hours taken from 2016 to 2017.

r Envisioning, planning, and implementing (in collaboration) the transition to a “Test Optional” admissions policy, to include facilitating the change through the faculty review and approval processes.

r Proposing and implementing a progressive scholarship structure for students in the honors program to incentive retention and progression.

Among other achievements in his resume, Dr. DePoy helped to create a survey of regional employers to understand and explore the needs of the workforce with a goal to align skills development initiatives and future programming in response to those needs, and assess the college’s effectiveness.

He also helped to facilitate various grants to boost curriculum, implement new academic visioning and lay the groundwork for enhanced internship opportunities.

Further, he participated in and served as the impetus for the first annual Arts Gala at Lake Erie College

In 2015 that raised approximately $30,000 in a single evening, and was project director of a grant to the Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts & Culture fund to support a performing arts series.

He chaired LEC’s recent Strategic Planning Process, its Diversity and Inclusion Plan Task Force, and co-chaired the school’s Technology Master Plan 2016 Task Force.

He also helped to create a new faculty workload model and a new area of online learning at LEC.

Further, he collaborated with LEC’s physician assistant faculty to establish promotion opportunities for clinical track faculty, and collaborated with a Faculty Evaluation Committee and faculty to revise the faculty evaluation process.

Prior to joining LEC, he was dean of the College of Creative Arts & Communication at Youngstown State University, accountable for all budgetary and fiscal matters with an operating budget footprint of around $10 million, multiple endowment and restricted gifts accounts, student fee accounts, approximately 168 full and part-time faculty and professional staff, and a student enrollment of around 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students. He also served an interim stint as dean of graduate studies and associate provost for research at Youngstown State. Also while there, he lists as accomplishments under enrollment and retention the creation of a first year program to improve retention and build community, with results showing retention improvement, and increased student enrollment.

Also, Dr. DePoy’s resume lists his involvement in re-establishing Youngstown State’s Community Advisory Board with new membership with connection to regional industry, arts and community organizations to establish external funding support and assist in community engagement prioritization.

He also worked previous to that as interim Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) in Hammond, La. Other positions there included interim director of the NOrthshore School of Arts and graduate coordinator for music and dramatic arts at SLU.

He has a doctor of music degree from Florida State University (1998), a master of music degree from the University of New Mexico (1993), and a bachelor of music degree from Indiana University (1991). He also has multiple teaching experiences and faculty appointments at LEC, Youngstown State, SLU, and Delta State University, and lists various awards for building community relationships, student services, and artistic activity.

An accomplished musician, Dr. DePoy has performed with various university brass ensembles or quintets, chamber orchestras and symphonies, primarily playing the trumpet.

Dr. DePoy will meet with staff, students, faculty and coaches and alumni at Lock Haven University on Wednesday, Feb. 28, throughout the day, including during open forums.

Stakeholders can watch selected engagements live online with password protected access to LHU portals via www.lockhaven.edu. Those viewing live for their respective open forum can participate in the discussion by sending questions for the candidate to presidentsearch@lockhaven.edu.