Michael T. Victor, J.D., LL.D., is the 12th president of Mercyhurst University, assuming the office on Aug. 3, 2015.
Victor is a familiar face at Mercyhurst, where he served as dean of the Walker School of Business (2002-2006). During the following nine years (2006-2015), Victor was president of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. Throughout his nine-year tenure there, Victor never lost touch with his Erie roots and maintained his family home here. Besides his significant contributions to higher education, he is widely respected as a civic and business leader, attorney, entrepreneur and fundraiser.
In being named Mercyhurst University president, Victor said, “This is an amazing leadership opportunity at this stage of my career as well as a chance to come home to an institution and city I love. I am deeply honored to be named the 12th president of Mercyhurst University and am excited to engage the entire Mercyhurst community in creating a future that sustains the university's distinct mission in an ever-changing higher education environment.”
Victor is a man with a record of visionary, strategic and impactful leadership, proven capabilities as a fundraiser, a commitment to the liberal arts, as well as professional and career-path opportunities, and a deep and abiding respect for the Mercy mission.
While at Lake Erie College, he doubled enrollment, raised more than $40 million for the institution, and launched 12 new academic programs, including a master of physician assistant studies in partnership with University Hospitals and an MBA graduate program. In addition, he grew the athletics program from 11 to 19 varsity sports, including a new football team, and made the transition from NCAA Division III to Division II.
He was named Painesville Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2012 and Leadership Lake County Leader of the Year in 2011. He holds positions on numerous corporate and civic boards, among them the United Way; Energy, Inc. and Holden Arboretum, and is a trustee of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. He is the former CEO of Pyramid Industries, who began his professional career as an attorney in the corporate law department of MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton in Erie.