Dr. Wayne Webster
Wayne Webster was named the 18th president of Albion College on April 4, 2023. He begins in the role July 1. He is currently serving as interim president at The College of Wooster.
During his interim term, Webster led the successful completion of the $40 million Lowry Center expansion and renovation, which opened formally in 2023, and worked with donors to establish new positions for campus sustainability and student retention. He also oversaw the restructuring of the Office of Human Resources, instituted new and/or revised handbooks and employment policies, mobilized support for a new campus ERP system, provided all employees access to armed intruder training, and recently launched a search for the college’s first Vice President of Human Resources.
Webster is currently guiding Wooster through a collaborative three-year budget realignment process that includes the launch of the campus’ first holistic academic program review as well as deliberative campus conversations on ways to strengthen the Wooster community and its mission as higher education faces unprecedented challenges and opportunities.
Prior to Wooster, he served as vice president at the University of Northern Colorado, where he led the launch of the public university’s first comprehensive campaign. He also was vice president for advancement at Ripon College, where he led the largest comprehensive campaign in college history.
Webster has led increases in engagement in each of his roles, which have resulted in significantly more volunteer assistance with career development, internship, and mentoring opportunities for students, as well as greater support for admissions efforts. His role in helping to formulate and lead inclusive strategic planning in partnership and dialogue with faculty, staff, and students has been critical to his teams’ philanthropic and engagement success. His dissertation focused on strategic planning at liberal arts colleges, and at each institution, he has played a leadership role in the crafting and execution of strategic plans, campus master plans, and annual budgets.