Office of the President

Strategic Plan 2014–2020

Leading with Values: 

A Vision for Elmhurst

Our new Strategic Plan presents a clear direction for building on the College’s core values and inherent strengths.

Dr. Larry A. Braskamp, Interim President

Larry A. Braskamp became Interim President of Elmhurst College on July 1, 2015.

A Senior Fellow of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Dr. Braskamp is renowned for his scholarship on college student development and learning. He was among the authors of the 2005 book Putting Students First, which argues that colleges should promote the “holistic” development of students by building on the students’ own search for intellectual, spiritual and moral purpose.

An emeritus member of the Elmhurst College Board of Trustees, Dr. Braskamp previously served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. He also served in several administrative roles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Dean of Applied Life Studies, and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The first Executive Director of the Council of Higher Education Accreditation, Dr. Braskamp is the author or coauthor of more than 100 publications and seven books, including Assessing Faculty Work and the Global Perspective Inventory, a widely used tool that evaluates how campus environments foster holistic student development. As a consultant, he has helped colleges, universities and other organizations enhance the global learning of students. 

Dr. Braskamp received his undergraduate degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa.

At Elmhurst, Dr. Braskamp succeeds Dr. S. Alan Ray, who completed his service to the College on June 30. The Board of Trustees has appointed a search committee to recommend candidates for election by the Board as the College’s 14th president.

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