Westminster College names Brian Levin-Stankevich as 17th president

Published: Tuesday, March 27 2012 4:02 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Westminster College's Board of Trustees on Tuesday named Brian Levin-Stankevich as the 17th president of the private liberal arts college.

Levin-Stankevich, who is currently the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, said he has respected Westminster for years and became very interested when he learned the position of president was available. He was selected from more than 60 applicants and described the position as the next ideological step in his life. 

"My career really has been a pathway, starting out at larger institutions but moving gradually to smaller institutions that are more focused on a broad liberal arts background," he said.

Prior to his appointment in 2006 as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Levin-Stankevich was interim president of Eastern Washington University. He holds a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College and a doctorate from the State University of New York.

Levin-Stankevich said his first action as president will be to listen. He said he's thrilled to be back in the West and excited to immerse himself in the community of the college.

"It's a very unique institution in this part of the country," he said.

He said he's had many opportunities to visit the Salt Lake area, from his younger days on a club hockey team competing against Utah's colleges and universities, to mountain biking in Moab after visiting his son who studied in Colorado. He said today he does more road biking and is looking forward to riding through the canyons around the valley.

Levin-Stankevich will succeed Michael Bassis, who will retire in July after serving for 10 years as president.

"We are extremely pleased to have attracted a top caliber institutional leader to Westminster College," Bassis said in a prepared statement. "Brian brings strong academic and administrative experience to this position."

Westminster College is a private liberal arts college located in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City. It was founded in 1875 and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in 70 academic programs to 3,300 students.

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