Balzer named new dean of BGSU Firelands

Dr. William Balzer, psychology, has been named dean of BGSU Firelands effective July 1.

William Balzer

The move will be more of a return for Balzer, who was interim dean of Firelands from 1999-2001. He has served in a number of leadership positions at BGSU, most recently as associate vice president and dean of Continuing and Extended Education.

Dr. Mark Gromko, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Balzer was selected after a national search that included input from a broad range of constituents.

“We’re very excited to have Dr. Balzer returning to Firelands,” Gromko said. “Bill is an outstanding leader and is a perfect fit for the position.”

President Carol Cartwright praised the decision. “I am very pleased he accepted. Firelands will play an increasingly important role in BGSU’s future,” she said. “I’m confident that Dr. Balzer will provide the leadership we need.” 

Balzer began his career at BGSU in 1983 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. From 1984-89, he was director of the Institute for Organizational Research and Development. He became a full professor in 1992 and served as chair of the department from 1993-99.

In 1996 Balzer was named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. The prestigious, highly competitive ACE fellowship program enables promising faculty and staff in higher education to gain administrative experience by working with a chief academic officer or president on their own or another campus. Balzer spent his year as an ACE Fellow working in the president's office at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Following his stint as interim dean at Firelands, Balzer was dean of Continuing and Extended Education until June 2008, adding the title of associate vice president in 2003.

An expert in industrial/organizational psychology, he received his doctoral degree from New York University, his master’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

May 4, 2009