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Lake Erie College
Established 1856
Type Private university
Endowment $30.0 million[1]
President Michael T. Victor
Faculty 34
Undergraduates 650
Postgraduates 325
Location Painesville, OH, U.S.
Campus Suburban, 50 acres[2]
Colors Forest Green and White [2]            
Nickname Storm
Mascot Stormy (Lake Erie), a stylized cyclone[3]
Athletics NCAA Division III UAA
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Lake Erie College is a private liberal arts college that is located in Painesville, Ohio, approximately 30 miles (48 km) east of Cleveland. As of the 2005-2006 academic year, the enrollment was 653 undergraduates and 270 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 Humphrey Equestrian Center is located 5 miles (8.0 km) to the south of the main campus, in Concord Township.

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.



Known as the Lake Erie College Storm, the College is currently an independent member of NCAA's Division II, with 13 varsity teams. The College offers basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field, lacrosse and volleyball for women and baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, lacrosse and track & field for men. The college was formerly a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) of Division III through the 2007-08 academic year. Lake Erie also offers football at the club level until the team earns full-fledged varsity status in the fall of 2008. The 2007 Storm football team had Lake Catholic High School as its guest halftime band.

In 2006-07, the Storm had six of a possible seven teams make it to the conference playoffs, with men's basketball earning an AMCC regular season championship and conference tournament championship for the second consecutive season. The nationally-ranked men's basketball team, coached by former Ohio High-School coach of the year, Cliff Hunt, also made it to the second round of the NCAA Championship while being ranked as the number one team in the Great Lakes Region throughout the entire year.

The Fall of 2007 marked history as the college added football to its list of varsity athletics. Men's and women's lacrosse will be added for the 2009-2010 season.

Lake Erie College was formerly a member of NCAA Division III and has completed the process of moving to Division II with the conclusion of the 2007-08 academic year. Storm athletic teams will compete as probationary members of NCAA Division II in the 2008-2009 academic year.[4] They will join the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as a provisional member on July 1, 2010.[5]

The Lake Erie Storm have Cambridge standouts Brian Standiford and Taylor Leppla dominating the line positions.

New President and Rapid Growth

Under the Michael T. Victor administration Lake Erie College has experienced record growth. [6]


Academic Achievements

  • Enrollment in Lake Erie College's MBA program increased 35%
  • 22 new majors were added
  • Student applications increased 93%
  • Introduction of 4 new athletic programs (women's golf, men's and women's track, men's and women's lacrosse and football)

Fund raising

  • Since July 1, 2006 the College has received more than $13 million in gifts and pledges

Campus Upgrades

  • Repainting and renovation projects of many buildings


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.[7]

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.[8]

In October 2007, Lake Erie College took evacuees from the local train derailment.

Facts and Figures

  • Undergraduate Tuition (2006-2007): $22,814
  • Faculty to Student Ratio: 12:1
  • Average class size: 15
  • Full Time Faculty with Ph.D. or equivalent: 76%


  • Caucasian: 90%
  • African American: 7%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 3%
  • Female: 60%
  • Male: 40%

Past Presidents

# 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 Dr. Helen Dalton Bragdon 1941-1950
6 Dr. Alfred T. Hill 1950-1951
7 Dr. Paul S. Weaver 1951-1976
8 Paul Newland 1976-1977
9 Dr. Charles E.P. Simmons 1977-1984
10 Marilyn S. Jones 1984-1985
11 Edward Q. Moulton 1985-1986
12 Clodus R. Smith 1986-1992
13 Hal Laydon 1992-2005
14 M. Sue Dreitzler 2005-2006
14 Michael T. Victor 2006-present



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