St. C. man appointed vp at Tenn. university
DR. JAMES E. “Chip” Weisgerber, a former St. Clairsville resident has been appointed vice president for student and enrollment services at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.
Weisgerber, son of Jim and Cinda Weisgerber, St. Clairsville, is a 1987 graduate of St. Clairsville High School. He earned a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Muskingum College (now Muskingum University in New Concord) in 1991 and a master of arts degree in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At Muskingum, he worked on the student life and music department staffs.
He went on to receive a Ph.D. in higher education from Capella University in Minneapolis.
Weisgerber and his wife, Tara, are parents to two children Andy and David. The Weisgerbers have been active in their communities with special interest in working with youth and music in church.
His wife is the former Tara Ann Simmons, daughter of Bryce and Barbara Simmons, Cambridge. A 1997 graduate of Muskingum University, she is an elementary school teacher.
The former St. Clairsville man’s new post at LMC was announced by B. James Dawson, university preisdent.
“Dr. Weisgerber brings a wealth of experience to LMU and will provide the leadership needed to continue on the trajectory of growth that LMU has enjoyed over the past decade,” Dawson said.
Prior to his appointment, Weisgerber served 15 years in various student-centered roles at Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio. Weisgerber started at Urbana as director of residence life and student activities and moved up to associate dean for student life. He was promoted again to dean of students and then dean of students and executive director of administration in 2006.
His title changed again in 2008 at Urbana to dean of students and executive director of enrollment. His service to the 1,500-student liberal arts institution culminated as vice president for student and enrollment services and dean of students, a position he had held since 2011.
Prior to Urbana, Weisgerber served as coordinator of international student services and director of volunteer and community services at his alma mater, Muskingum College. He also worked as director of residential life at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., and was a graduate assistant at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa.
Weisgerber will draw on his more than 20 years of experience in higher education in his new position at LMU. He will be a member of Dawson’s President’s Cabinet and will oversee the Student and Enrollment Services division which includes undergraduate admissions, student services, financial aid and student support services.
“I look forward to joining the LMU family. My focus will be providing an excellent student experience,” Weisgerber said. “We want to provide a rich and vibrant campus life that will complement each student’s academic experience and prepare them for life after college.”
From fall 2009 to fall 2012, Urbana University’s total traditional student full-time enrollment increased by 8 percent under Weisgerber’s leadership. He also played an integral role in Urbana University’s development of fully online undergraduate degree programs as well as hybrid/blended undergraduate adult degree programs and hybrid and fully online graduate degree programs all areas LMU is looking to develop in the coming years.
In addition to his administrative roles in student and enrollment services, Weisgerber assisted in donor cultivation and represented Urbana in negotiations with a variety of external constituencies. He teamed with local clergy and university personnel to develop and implement a campus interfaith chaplaincy program to nurture the spiritual, moral and ethical lives of students, faculty and staff. Upon his promotion to vice president at Urbana, he was given additional duties of assisting the president in developing and managing external partnerships to support growth and financial stability at the institution.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.