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Kolander Receives Chief Academic Officer Award

December 4, 2018

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Dr. John D. Kolander Receives Chief Academic Officer Award from Council of Independent Colleges

2018 Kolander receives CIC award

MILWAUKEE, WI - Dr. John D. Kolander, Provost of Wisconsin Lutheran College, was named as the recipient of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Chief Academic Officer Award. Dr. Kolander was presented with the award during a ceremony held in November 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. The chief academic officers of CIC's 657 member colleges and universities conferred this honor on the basis of nominations by chief academic officers.

The Chief Academic Officer Award honors a chief academic officer (CAO) who has served in an exemplary way to enhance the role and work of a private college CAO. Dr. Kolander was awarded the CIC Chief Academic Officer Award in recognition of his significant support of colleagues at other independent colleges and universities. He has participated as a presenter at nearly every CIC Institute for CAOs since 2004 and has served as a mentor to many of his newer colleagues as they began their tenure as CAOs. Dr. Kolander has been at Wisconsin Lutheran College since 2004. He also is president of the Edgar H. and Meta A. Hoenecke Vulnerable Children's Foundation, Inc., which serves more than 500 students in Lusaka, Zambia. 

 “We are delighted Dr. Kolander has been recognized for his academic leadership. To be honored by his national colleagues is a significant compliment of his character,” said Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, President of Wisconsin Lutheran College. “We have been blessed with Dr. Kolander's leadership at WLC over the past 14 years, as he tirelessly serves to inspire faculty and staff and advance the college to meet the needs of our students and community.” 

At the ceremony, Leanne Neilson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California Lutheran University, and chair of the 2018 CAO Task Force, congratulated Dr. Kolander, noting that he has “guided the academic enterprise at Wisconsin Lutheran College with skill, respect, and dignity” and has been willing “to help other campus leaders better understand the challenges facing them.”

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About Wisconsin Lutheran College
Wisconsin Lutheran College was established in 1973 and is an independent, nationally ranked Christian college in Milwaukee that serves 1,200 traditional undergraduate, adult, and graduate students through its on-campus and online programming. The college, which prepares students for lives of Christian leadership, is recognized for its academic excellence and superior student experience.

About CIC
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 766 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education's contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. It conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.