SIDNEY — After an extensive search, Edison State Community College has appointed Christopher D. Spradlin as provost for the college.
In her announcement to the college community, Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson said, “The search committee was impressed with the collaborative and reflective approach to leadership demonstrated by Mr. Spradlin along with his success in partnering academic and student services to enhance student success.”
Spradlin’s background in higher education leadership will be instrumental as he helps to develop innovative academic programs in response to institutional and community needs. His knowledge of higher education will also prove necessary in helping to sustain Edison State’s long-standing accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.
Spradlin most recently served as the vice president of Academic Services for the last two years after being promoted from his role as the dean of Arts and Sciences at Lake Michigan College. Additionally, Spradlin garnered over 10 years of experience as a dean, department chair and faculty member while at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland and Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast in Fort Wayne.
In addition to holding administrative roles, Spradlin was appointed to serve on the Ohio Association of Community Colleges Student Success Center’s Advisory Committee in 2012 and the Michigan Center for Student Success Advisory Committee in 2014.
A Wheelersburg, Ohio, native, Spradlin earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cedarville University. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts from Concordia Theological Seminary and is on track to successfully complete a Doctorate of Education from Concordia University–Portland.
The search committee for this position consisted of 13 Edison State employees from various departments. Spradlin will become the first Provost in the history of the college replacing the unfilled role of Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. Spradlin will assume the role of provost beginning in July 2016.