National Search Brings New President to Post University


WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT (July 28, 2008) – Following a national search conducted by Isaacson Miller, Post University's Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Kenneth Zirkle, Ph.D., as the incoming President of Post University, succeeding retiring president Patricia Sanders, Ph.D. Dr. Sanders will be awarded the title of President Emeritus of Post University.

Dr. Zirkle comes to Post from Becker College in Worchester, Massachusetts where he served as President for the past five years, with a proven track record in growth and leadership. During his tenure at Becker, he grew enrollment from 1,000 to 1,600 students, and transformed and expanded both the Worcester and Leicester campuses. In addition to launching several NCAA athletic programs he introduced new bachelor degree programs in nursing, game design and equestrian management. In addition, he recently initiated accelerated degree programs in teaching, business administration and psychology. Prior to Becker College, Dr. Zirkle served as the President of Findlay University in Ohio for twenty years. Under Dr. Zirkle's leadership Findlay grew significantly from 1,000 students to over 4,700 students as the University introduced new academic programs, expanded facilities and enhanced the school's reputation.

“With over 25 years of experience as the President of two universities, Dr. Zirkle is a seasoned veteran with an outstanding track record of leadership, growth and innovation in higher education.” said Mark Jennings, Chairman of the Post University Board of Trustees. “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Zirkle as our next President and I have no doubt that he will have a significant positive impact on our students, faculty and community.”

Over the past four years, Post University has introduced new programs and increased enrollments. With the Master of Human Services and recent introduction of the Master of Business Administration, Post is continuing to expand into new graduate degree programs while also adding new certificate and baccalaureate offerings. In addition to our campus-based programs, Post has become one of the leading providers of online education having recently been named by Online Education Database as one of the top 20 online colleges in the United States. In addition, Post has added significantly to its corporate partnerships that support employer's educational benefit programs.

Dr. Samph, Chancellor of Post University in describing Pat Sanders' contributions stated “Dr. Sanders has made significant contributions to Post University and it has been an absolute pleasure working with her. As President Emeritus, we will continue to have the benefit of her good counsel and look forward to continuing to work with her.”

The Board of Trustees is pleased by Dr. Zirkle's acceptance of the role of President and look forward to working with him and his team to further expand and enhance Post University's programs, enrollments and reputation.

Post University
Founded in 1890, Post University (www.post.edu) is a career-oriented and student-focused university located in Waterbury, CT. Its mission is to provide students with the knowledge, personal skills and experiences required to become leaders in tomorrow's careers. Preparing each student every day to be confident, competent and competitive participants in the global marketplace is its focus. Post is known for its quality academic programs, small classes, national award-winning student activities, and its NCAA Division II athletic programs. Its 1,400 full- and part-time students come from throughout the United States and abroad to pursue their personal and professional goals within academic programs supported by a dedicated faculty who blend both theory and practice in their teaching and mentoring of students, both inside and outside the classroom.