Dr. Mauri A. Ditzler
Incoming President, Albion College
Dr. Mauri A. Ditzler was introduced as the 16th president of Albion College on November 22, 2013. He officially takes office on July 1, 2014 and brings with him 19 years of accomplishments as a higher education administrator and, before that, 15 years as an esteemed and national-award-winning chemistry professor.
An ardent devotee of the liberal arts and sciences and a skilled fundraiser, Ditzler comes to Albion from Monmouth College in Illinois, where he has been president since 2005. In nearly nine years, he has led initiatives at the liberal arts institution that have emphasized academic excellence, resulted in curriculum innovations, produced positive enrollment trends, and strengthened the college’s relationship with its home community of Monmouth.
One of Ditzler’s signature achievements at Monmouth was the creation and implementation of a strategic plan, titled “Fulfilling the Promise,” that recommitted the college to its founding principles—repurposed for the 21st century—and led to the largest capital campaign in the college’s history. He guided fundraising efforts for the construction of a $40 million center for integrated programs in science and business; two residence halls and athletic facility improvements were also completed during his presidency.
Before Monmouth, Ditzler enjoyed six years as dean at Wabash College in Indiana, his undergraduate alma mater. At Wabash, he developed and helped raise more than $20 million in initial funding for a national Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts and played a key role in the design and construction of many academic facilities.
From 1994 to 1999, Ditzler made an impact in his first administrative post, as dean of arts and sciences at Millikin University in Illinois. He advanced curricular reforms, promoted undergraduate research, and helped envision and fundraise for a new science building. Preceding a move into administration was a 15-year tenure as a chemistry professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. At Holy Cross, Ditzler led a team that created a chemistry curriculum that became a widely adapted model and earned him a national teaching award. He also published regularly—often with students as co-authors—and secured funds for research and laboratory facilities.
Ditzler graduated summa cum laude from Wabash College, majoring in chemistry and speech, and received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Duke University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the science honorary Sigma Xi. He and his wife, Judith Ditzler, have three grown children, Meggan, Mark, and Lorin.