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President of Lakeland University

Areas of Expertise:

  • Critical Issues of Higher Education
  • Cultural Property Law/Art Law
  • Challenges/Benefits of Higher Education
  • An Overview of Lakeland University
  • Future of Higher Education


Daniel Eck was named President of Lakeland University in February, 2014. He came to Lakeland in February of 2008 as a special assistant to former Lakeland President Stephen Gould, was named senior vice president in September of 2008 and served as interim president for nearly 11 months beginning in March, 2013.

He has led virtually all administrative facets of the college, including finance, strategic planning, institutional research, human resources, information technology, facilities/grounds and international programs.

Eck is currently leading the completion and implementation of the university's strategic planning process. He previously managed the completion of Lakeland's $3.5 million front entrance project, introduced and led an initiative that captured hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost savings and efficiencies, and led the restructuring of several administrative departments.

In Eck, Lakeland has a dynamic leader with an eclectic professional background. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Law, he spent several years at a major law firm in Chicago. He then worked for five years in the museum field, serving as associate general counsel at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and deputy director of administration at The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan.

Prior to joining Lakeland, he was director of development and external relations at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, and he co-founded M12, a nonprofit that designs and implements public art projects.

He has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Beloit College and studied at American University in Cairo, Egypt.

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