The Sterling College Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Lori Collins-Hall as interim president of the college, effective November 1, 2021. Dr. Collins-Hall’s appointment follows the departure of Matthew Derr, who served as president of Sterling for nearly a decade.

Dr. Collins-Hall is an experienced leader in higher education who moves into the new role after serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Sterling. Prior to joining Sterling, she was Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. During her time at Antioch College, Lori supported the young institution through gaining regional accreditation, facilitated the College’s strategic planning process, and contributed to the development of Antioch’s ecological and agricultural focus. Prior to Antioch, Lori was a tenured faculty member, Chair of the Sociology Department, and Assessment Coordinator at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.

“I have known Lori for many years during her decades of service. Through her vast range of experience as a faculty member, vice president of academic affairs, and chief operations officer she has a track record of success through collaborative leadership,” offered Rick Detweiler, Sterling trustee and past-treasurer. “We are confident that Sterling will continue to thrive under Lori’s interim leadership.”

Sterling has adopted a bold strategic initiative, is in a strong financial position, and has experienced multiple years of operational surpluses through stable enrollment and mission-aligned philanthropy. The Board of Trustees has assembled a Presidential Transition Team that is currently planning for the presidential search process.

“On behalf of the entire Sterling College community, I am thrilled to welcome Lori to this new role,” noted Board Chair Peter Chehayl. “The Board of Trustees has a deep commitment to Sterling, its mission, and the paramount responsibility to make the identification of the College’s 12th president its highest priority in the months ahead.”


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