Named President of Daniel Webster College
Dr. John F. Egan, chair of the
Daniel Webster College board of trustees, announced that Dr. Robert
E. Myers, chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University’s (ERAU) extended campus, has been named as Daniel
Webster College’s next president, effective July 1, 2005.
The 54-year old Myers succeeds Hannah M. McCarthy, who announced
last August that she planned to step down after 25 years as
president of the 39-year old institution.
Committed to academic excellence, Dr. Myers has a record of
significant achievement. He executed initiatives at ERAU to improve
the quality and currency of both faculty and curricula. He focused
primary emphasis on academic excellence among the
institution’s faculty by reorganizing the campus and
reallocating campus resources, and he implemented the
campuses’ first “Board of Visitors,” populated
with nationally and internationally recognized leaders in
aerospace, aviation, higher education and research. Committed
equally to students, their needs and providing student-centered
support, he launched and raised seed funding and corporate support
for an extensive scholarship program.
Under his strategic leadership as executive vice president and
chief operating officer at University of Maryland University
College (UMUC), Dr. Myers oversaw global implementation of a $40
million management information system, co-founded a for-profit
affiliated spin-off corporation, and developed entrepreneurial
relationships with the U.S. Armed Forces.
Egan said Myers' proven visionary capacity to forward the
programs at Embry-Riddle and UMUC is impressive. "We are confident
that he will lead Daniel Webster College to its next levels of
achievement. With his experience, Dr. Myers brings a tremendous
skill set to Daniel Webster that will ignite the potential Daniel
Webster has to become a significant force in higher education, both
regionally and nationally."
Dr. Myers noted that Daniel Webster
College enjoys an enormously successful reputation nationally. "The
College is not only well known in the [aviation] tradition from
which it sprung, but in its efforts in reaching out and broadening
its curricular activities." Additionally, he added, Daniel Webster
has remained true to its commitment to being a stellar teaching
college. "That really appeals to me." He also captured the sense of
excitement that the community has about the institution's future.
"There is enormous enthusiasm and energy on campus, which is
absolutely imperative for an institution that has aspirations to
grow to the 'next level.'"
Dr. Robert F. Collings, vice chair of the board of trustees, led
the 12-member presidential search committee of trustees, faculty,
students, staff and alumni. "As an academic and administrator
leader, Dr. Myers will strive to position Daniel Webster to meet
emerging opportunities while retaining what is so essential to the
success of our mission," said Collings.
Dr. Myers received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy,
Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland College
Park. He also holds the certificate of completion in the Center for
Creative Leadership's "Leadership Development Program," as well as
that for the Oxford "Roundtable for Higher Education Leadership,"
Oxford University. He sits on the American Council of Education's
Commission on Lifelong Learning. In addition to his PhD Dr. Myers
holds bachelor of science and master of arts degrees in journalism
from the University of Maryland College Park.
Myers and his wife Gretchen have three children, Kate, 22;
Dylan, 13; and Libby, 8. The entire family, he noted, is anxious to
return to a location with four "real" seasons.