Lake Erie College

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This article is about the private liberal arts college. For the graduate health science school in Erie, PA, see Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Lake Erie College
Type Private liberal arts college
Established 1856
Endowment $40.0 million[1]
President Peter Gerhart (Interim)
Academic staff
Undergraduates 650
Postgraduates 325
Location Painesville, OH, U.S.
41°43′00″N 81°15′06″W / 41.71667°N 81.25167°W / 41.71667; -81.25167Coordinates: 41°43′00″N 81°15′06″W / 41.71667°N 81.25167°W / 41.71667; -81.25167
Campus Suburban, 50 acres (20 ha)[2]
Colors          Forest green and white[2]
Athletics NCAA Division IIGLIAC
Nickname Storm
Mascot Stormy the Cyclone[3]
Affiliations CIC

Lake Erie College is a private liberal arts college founded in 1856 that is located in Painesville, Ohio, approximately 30 miles (48 km) east of Cleveland. As of the 2012-2013 academic year, the enrollment was approximately 1200 undergraduates and graduate students.

Lake Erie is best known for its equine studies program, which attracts students from across the country, and around the world, and is the most popular major at the college. The George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center is located 5 miles (8.0 km) to the south of the main campus, in Concord Township. In 2011, the Lake Erie College IDA (Intercollegiate Dressage Association) team won champion honors at the 9th annual IDA National Championship held at the Canterbury Equestrian Show Place in Newberry, Florida.

Prior to 1986, it was one of three remaining women's colleges in Ohio, along with Ursuline College and Notre Dame College, the latter of which is also now co-educational.

New President and Rapid Growth[edit]

Under the Michael T. Victor administration Lake Erie College has experienced record growth.[4]

Academic Achievements[edit]

  • Enrollment in Lake Erie College's MBA program increased 35%
  • 22 new majors were added
  • Student applications increased 93%
  • Introduction of 6 new athletic programs (women's golf, men's and women's track, men's and women's lacrosse, women's and men's swimming and diving, wrestling,and football)

Fund raising[edit]

  • Since July 1, 2006 the College has received more than $40 million in gifts and pledges

Campus Upgrades[edit]

  • Rebuilt Austin Hall of Science with a stately Georgian façade, creating state-of-the-art science laboratories and classrooms; an adjacent new courtyard and fountain creates a dominant entrance for the front of campus
  • Built and dedicated the new equestrian learning center at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, creating a new entrance façade, classrooms, offices, locker rooms and student activity spaces
  • Renovated Kilcawley Hall, the main floor of College Hall, Mathews House and all of the Manor House (including the Rathskellar) to showcase their beauty, history and functionality
  • Repaved sidewalks and parking lots and spruced up the landscaping on the entire campus
  • Reacquired the property previously known as the Andrews Osborne Academy; renovated the main building to house the Center for Entrepreneurship and classrooms; transformed the upstairs of the Ritchie Gymnasium into a workout facility for football players; and renovated the basement pool for recreational swimming
  • Rebuilt the locker room at the Jack Britt Stadium for use by Lake Erie’s home and visiting football teams; replaced the grass turf on the field with a synthetic surface
  • Created a wireless campus in the spring of 2007; students can now receive wireless internet service in any of the campus buildings, residence halls and apartments
  • Acquired off-campus apartment complexes – Founders Court and Lydia Sessions Apartments – in order to accommodate increasing numbers of residential students


The college is approximately thirty miles east of downtown Cleveland in downtown Painesville. Students under the age of 22 whose official residence is outside a 50-mile (80 km) radius of Lake Erie College's campus are required to live on campus during the academic year.[5]

College Hall, built in 1857, on the campus of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio

Students can rely on their own transportation or the Lake County Laketran bus system that has stops near the campus. Parking one personal vehicle on campus is available upon registering with the college.[6]

In October 2007, CSX Transportation opened a temporary outreach center at Lake Erie College to assist evacuees after a local train derailment.

Facts and Figures[edit]

  • Undergraduate Tuition (2012–2013): $27,368
  • Faculty to Student Ratio: 15:1
  • Average class size: 17
  • Full Time Faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree: 74%

Racial Makeup[edit]

  • Caucasian: 81%
  • Minority: 11%
  • Unknown, International or more than two races reported: 8%
  • Female: 48%
  • Male: 52%

Past presidents[edit]

# Name Term of Office
1 Lydia Sessions 1859–1866
2 Anna M. Edwards 1866–1868
3 Mary Evans 1868–1909
4 Vivian Blance Small 1909–1941
5 Helen Dalton Bragdon 1941–1950
6 Alfred T. Hill 1950–1951 (interim)
7 Paul S. Weaver 1951–1976
8 Paul Newland 1976–1977 (interim)
9 Charles E.P. Simmons 1977–1984
10 Marilyn S. Jones 1984–1985 (interim)
11 Edward Q. Moulton 1985–1986
12 Clodus R. Smith 1986–1992
13 Hal Laydon 1992–2005
14 M. Sue Dreitzler 2005–2006 (interim)
15 Michael T. Victor 2006–present


Main article: Lake Erie Storm
Official athletics logo.

Known as the Lake Erie College Storm, the College is a member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).[7] Lake Erie College fields 21 varsity sports teams at the Division II level and joined the GLIAC prior to the start of the 2010-11 academic year. Prior to making the transition in 2010, Lake Erie College was a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) of Division III; LEC had been part of the AMCC through through the 2007-08 academic year.[8]

The official nickname of the College’s athletics teams is the Storm. The name was chosen to replace the nickname Unicorns when the College added men’s intercollegiate athletics beginning in 1988. Their mascot is Stormy.The College offers basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, indoor and outdoor track & field, lacrosse and volleyball for women and baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, lacrosse, indoor and outdoor track & field and wrestling for men. 20 teams participate in the GLIAC while men's lacrosse competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. A newly heated rivalry has begun with Ashland University, a two-hour drive away in Ashland, Ohio.


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