Amherst, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Edwin Clausen has been named the fifth President of Daemen College.
Clausen, Daemen's former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, succeeds Dr. Martin Anisman, who retired following the end of the spring 2011 semester, after leading Daemen for 15 years.
In announcing Clausen's appointment as president, the Daemen College Board of Trustees stated: "Dr. Clausen has been intimately involved in founding and developing several important new initiatives at the College, particularly off campus and overseas programs. Daemen has grown and prospered over the last several years under the leadership and vision of former President Dr. Martin J. Anisman and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Edwin Clausen. The Board finds this especially significant, given the recent difficult economic and social challenges to all institutions of higher education."
Clausen joined Daemen in spring, 2000, from a position at Arizona International College at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. He holds a Ph.D. in modern Chinese history, and a Masters Degree, also in history, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Clausen also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, in history, from the University of California, Riverside.
In January, Clausen was among Western New York community leaders honored by National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York for 2011. Clausen was selected for his contributions to the progress of education in Western New York.
Clausen was instrumental in adding a community service requirement to the Daemen College core curriculum. Daemen's service learning program has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.
Clausen was also recognized by the National Federation for his role in designing and implementing the Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement. Since its inception approximately seven years ago, the Center has collaborated with City of Buffalo neighborhoods in Seneca Babcock, the West Side, and the Fruit Belt, to bring about positive change for residents in each community. This has been accomplished through improvements in nutrition and health care; helping to create economic self-sufficiency; and building environmental awareness.
Since his arrival at Daemen more than 10 years ago, Clausen has been a member of Daemen's senior management Cabinet. As Vice President for Academic Affairs he has been responsible for all areas of academic operations of the College. This includes providing leadership in administration and development of Daemen academic programs, policies and standards; maintenance of high quality in instruction, through faculty recruitment, retention, and development; and facilitating scholarly activities and research initiatives among faculty, staff, and students.
Additionally, Clausen has been responsible for regular and systematic evaluation of all academic programs, including defining and coordinating academic affairs budgets; maintaining a College-wide environment supportive of social equity, cultural diversity, and affirmative action; providing leadership for the continued expansion of business and industry partnerships across all academic areas; and fostering cooperative decision making and shared governance between the faculty and the administration.