Walter Roettger became the Interim Provost of Glasgow Caledonian New York College on June 24. Dr. Roettger was an award-winning faculty member at Drake University where he directed the Institute for Public Affairs and Administration, taught public management, and authored of numerous scholarly articles and professional publications. In 1979-80, he served as a NASPAA Faculty Fellow to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C.
Beginning his full-time administrative career in 1982 at the University of Hartford, he has served as the chief academic officer of colleges and schools offering graduate and professional programs to employed adults as well as traditional undergraduate programs. In 1998, he was named president of Lyon College in Batesville, AR, where he led the institution’s move to Top Tier status and ultimately to Top 100 status in the US News and World Report rankings. Upon his retirement in 2009, he was named Lyon’s first President Emeritus.
In 2010, Roettger launched a new career as a higher education consultant, providing interim leadership to colleges and universities. Since then, he has held appointments as Interim Dean of Arts and Science and Business at National Louis University (Chicago), Interim Dean of Business at SUNY Geneseo, and Interim Dean of Business at St. Cloud State University (MN). Most recently, he served as Interim Provost of SUNY Oswego. He has an extensive background in professional and regional accreditation, governance, program development, faculty and staff development, strategic planning, and fundraising and external relations and has managed international programs in Paris, France, and partnerships in Nowy Sacz, Poland, and Como, Italy.
Roettger earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and was chosen to attend Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. Roettger is married to the former Margaret Begley; the Roettgers have a grown son, Daniel, who works in financial services in Manhattan.