A new dean of graduate and professional studies began his first day at McDaniel College Monday.
The Westminster college announced that J. Michael Tyler, a licensed psychologist with more than 15 years of higher education experience, was named dean of graduate and professional studies, in a Monday news release.
Tyler will be responsible for providing leadership and support of the college's more than 25 master's degree and professional programs, as well as six post-baccalaureate professional certificates and six five-year programs, according to the press release.
Tyler takes the reins from Roger Bennett, who was named interim dean of graduate and professional studies in August 2014 with the intention of remaining in that position throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, according to Cheryl Knauer, a spokeswoman for McDaniel College.
Bennett served in that position while a national search was conducted for a permanent dean, Knauer said.
"Mike is an experienced academic administrator with extensive experience in graduate education. We are excited to have him joining us at McDaniel," said Roger Casey, president of McDaniel College, in the press release.
Tyler has held senior-level positions at Gulf Coast University, Wayne State University and University of South Florida. In his most recent position at Baker College in Michigan, he served as associate vice president for institutional effectiveness. Prior to that, he assisted in building Baker's graduate school and programs as dean of research at the Center for Graduate Studies, according to the news release.
He has held full-time teaching positions at the University of South Florida and Wayne State University. In addition, Tyler was an associate professor, head of the counseling program and division leader for the division of professional studies in the college of education at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has held clinical positions at Ball State University, Southwest Florida Addiction Services, Hendry-Glades Community Mental Health and Charter Hospital of Lafayette, according to the press release.
He earned a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in philosophy from Earlham College, a master's degree in counseling and personnel services from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana University.