Dr. Chase named dean of adult, graduate studies
January 29, 2010

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Dr. Michael Chase has been named dean of the school of adult and graduate studies at Bryan College effective March 1.

Dr. Chase will succeed Dr. Bob Andrews, who will assume the new position of assistant vice president for academic affairs, also effective March 1.

“Given his experience and expertise in adult education programs, hiring Michael Chase is a real coup for Bryan,” said Academic Vice President Dr. Bradford Sample. “After Bob Andrews decided to take on his new role, Dr. Chase was the college’s first choice for the position.”

Dr. Chase, son of a Free Methodist pastor, sees his commitment to Christian higher education as “helping to further the kingdom of Christ.” His deep faith and active participation in an evangelical church makes Dr. Chase an excellent fit for Bryan College, Dr. Sample said.

Dr. Chase brings to Bryan College nearly 20 years of progressively responsible administrative experience in higher education, most recently at Indiana Wesleyan University where he is associate vice president for the college of adult and professional studies. His responsibilities there include supervision of more than 14 locations in three states, oversight of financial affairs, and faculty hiring and development. Before his service to IWU, Dr. Chase worked at Spring Arbor University in a number of capacities, including dean for external programs and operations. 

He earned his doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Sarasota, an M.S. in administration from Central Michigan University, and holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Spring Arbor University. Over the years, he has taught college-level courses in the areas of business and leadership.

Dr. Chase and his wife, Cindy, have two adult sons.

Bryan College is a private, Christian liberal arts college dedicated to assisting in the personal growth and development of qualified students by providing an education based upon an integrated understanding of the Bible and the liberal arts.