Lourdes University appoints interim president

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Thursday, 08 March 2012 04:00
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SYLVANIA—Janet H. Robinson has been appointed interim president of Lourdes University while the institution conducts a nationwide search to replace outgoing president Robert Helmer.

Janet H. Robinson has been appointed interim president of Lourdes University for the 2012-2013 academic year. (Photo courtesy of Lourdes University)
Janet H. Robinson has been appointed interim president of Lourdes University for the 2012-2013 academic year. (Photo courtesy of Lourdes University)

Dr. Helmer, who was appointed president of Lourdes in fall 2003, announced Feb. 13 that he is stepping down from his position at the end of this academic year to accept a new post as president of Baldwin Wallace College.

Dr. Robinson is to lead Lourdes University during the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. The search for a new president is expected to take approximately one year, with the eighth president being inaugurated during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Dr. Robinson has 25 years of experience in higher education and 20 years experience in administration. She joined the Lourdes community as part of the nursing faculty in 1992 and has served as associate professor of nursing, associate director of curriculum and instruction for the School of Nursing, vice president for academic affairs and most recently as provost. Prior to Lourdes, she served at Medical College of Ohio (MCO) as a member of administration and taught nursing at the University of Tulsa, the University of Oklahoma, Mercy College of Detroit and MCO.

As provost for Lourdes, Dr. Robinson has overseen faculty matters, curricular development and academic standards. Under her leadership, Lourdes has forged a multitude of academic partnerships with area institutions, successfully achieved a 10-year accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and grown the breadth of its undergraduate and graduate programs. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mercy College of Detroit and a Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate degree from Wayne State University.

“Dr. Robinson’s commitment to the mission of the Sisters of St. Francis, which embraces the Franciscan charism, is evidenced through her life of living as a messenger of peace and ministering at Lourdes with reverence for all people,” says Sister Diana Lynn Eckel, congregational minister for the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania. “Her extensive experience in strategic planning, program management, budgeting, faculty governance, assessment and accreditation will be an asset to the leadership team at Lourdes.”

Keith Schlender, current associate provost and program director of Lourdes’ Title III program has accepted the appointment of interim provost for the upcoming academic year.

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