Dr. W. Jeffrey Welsh previously held positions at Grove City College and Bowling Green State University.
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- After a national search, Thiel College has appointed Dr. W. Jeffrey Welsh as vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer, effective May 20.
Welsh will replace retiring Dr. Robert C. Olson, who has held the position since 1999 and served as professor of history at Thiel since 1965.
Welsh, an education consultant with Indigo Educational Consultants, is a former vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., where he also served as a history professor.
At Thiel, Welsh will oversee the development of the college's academic and instructional programming, budgets, long-range plans, and faculty and faculty development, the library and other academic support units. He will serve as a member of the presidential cabinet, the college's planning and budgeting committee and the reaccreditation task force.
Before taking the post at Lees-McRae College, Welsh was associate dean and chief instructional officer of Firelands College of Bowling Green State University. He has also held academic and administrative positions at Surry Community College, Firelands College, Bowling Green State University and Grove City College.
Welsh has a doctorate and a master's degree from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor's degree from Grove City College. He has done postdoctoral work at Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management.