College appoints Dr. Jack Steehler as director of institutional research

SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jack Steehler as director of institutional research. Steehler, who has been serving as the Brian H. Thornhill Professor of Chemistry and director of student/faculty research for the College, was selected for this position after an extensive national search.

In his new role, Steehler will be responsible for collecting and analyzing a broad range of information for the College's strategic planning purposes and will provide reports for both internal and external audiences, including federal and state governments, national educational organizations and college ratings groups.

Steehler replaces Dr. Daniel Larsen, who is retiring this summer. Larsen was a psychology professor in addition to his work in institutional research. Larsen, who came to Roanoke in 1985, plans to continue in his role as chair of the Roanoke College Hall of Fame committee.

Dr. Richard Smith, vice president and dean of the College, says, "Dr. Steehler brings to the position a superb intellect, strong analytical skills, extensive institutional knowledge and a deep commitment to serve the College. I believe he will prove to be a worthy successor to Dr. Larsen and will continue and extend the fine work that Dr. Larsen has done for so many years."

Steehler will be transitioning from his current full-time faculty role to a full-time administrative role. He no longer will be teaching.

Steehler says, "I am excited to be able to serve the College in new ways, working as part of the team seeking to guide the institution toward our goal of being a top-100 liberal arts college nationally."

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: June 30, 2010
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu