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UCD provost chosen to lead Indiana school

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Heckler was founding dean of the College of Arts and Media.

Heckler was founding dean of the College of Arts and Media.

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Valparaiso University has chosen the provost of the University of Colorado at Denver for its new president.

Mark A. Heckler, 52, will become the university's 18th president on July 1. He succeeds Alan F. Harre, who is retiring June 30 after 20 years heading the school.

Heckler said he is excited about his opportunity at the independent Lutheran university, which has nearly 4,000 students, more than 220 full-time faculty and more than 70 academic programs in five colleges.

"It is vitally important that future generations continue to have the opportunity for an outstanding education in a faith-based environment that fosters discovery and creativity," he said in a news release. "I believe Valparaiso University has a greater leadership role to play, nationally and internationally, in ensuring access to excellent, faith-based undergraduate, graduate and professional education."

Heckler has been at UCD since 1995, when he joined the staff as a tenured professor of theater and director of the school of arts. Under his leadership, the school of arts was expanded and renamed the College of Arts and Media and he was named the new college's founding dean in 1998.

He held that position until 2003, when he briefly was UCD's acting chancellor before being appointed provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

He also was director of theater and professor of fine arts at Siena College in New York for 16 years.

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