December 22, 2007

Elizabethown College Graduate Named President of Valparaiso University

Mark Heckler, a 1977 graduate of Elizabethtown College, has been named the 18th president of Valparaiso University, effective July 1. He will replace Alan F. Harre, who is retiring June 30 after 20 years as president. Heckler previously served as provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. A native of Pennsylvania, he has worked there since 1995, when he joined the staff as a tenured professor of theatre and director of the School of Arts. Under his leadership, the School of Arts was expanded and renamed the College of Arts and Media and he was named the new college’s founding dean in 1998. He held that position until 2003 when he served briefly as UC Denver’s acting chancellor before being appointed to his current position.Valparaiso University is a comprehensive university with a Lutheran heritage that enrolls nearly 4,000 students on its campus in northwest Indiana about 55 miles southeast of Chicago. It has been identified as one of the top master’s-level institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report magazine for the past 19 years, and most recently was ranked among the top three in academic quality for the eighth consecutive year.