Andrea Faber, Ph.D., a dean at Rhodes State College and former Lake Campus faculty member, will return to the Wright State University–Lake Campus as its first vice provost and chief administrative officer, effective April 4.
“I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students at the Lake Campus,” Faber said. “I will strive to strengthen the relationships between the Lake Campus, the Dayton Campus and the community to increase education opportunities in West Central Ohio.”
As a Celina resident and former faculty member, Faber said she understands that the “Lake Campus has a strong commitment to both student success and Mercer County’s economic strength.”
“My experience, record of leadership and commitment to our community will help the Lake Campus to strengthen its bonds with the community while enhancing enrollment, retention and success,” she said.
As a leader at Rhodes State, Faber’s strength has been in building relationships not only with students but also with faculty, administrators, staff and the community.
“The relationship between a college and the community is a critical component in the success of both,” she said. “Strong college programs will help build a job-ready workforce that is linked to the community needs.”
This appointment from Wright State is a homecoming for Faber, who served at Lake Campus as an instructor in mathematics from 2010 to 2014 and an adjunct faculty member from 1993 to 1999. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she developed both the Lake Campus Math Studio and a plan for the Student Success Center, which provides wrap-around services for students to ensure their academic success.
Since 2014, Faber has held several leadership positions at Rhodes State College in Lima, serving as professor and chair of mathematics, interim dean of arts and sciences, and most recently, as dean of technology and liberal studies.
As dean, she has led a division consisting of the departments of STEM, Information Technology, Business and Marketing, and the Humanities and Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Early in her career, she also served as an assistant professor of mathematics and an instructor and coordinator of the Skills Center at Rhodes State.
Faber was honored with Rhodes State’s Compass Presidential Award for Exemplary Contribution Toward Advancing the Success of the College in 2020, and the 2013–2014 Outstanding Faculty Service Award and the 2012 Outstanding Instructor/Lecturer Award from Lake Campus.
She is an active member of the Mercer County community, serving as a founding member of the Women in Leadership Luncheon Series-Mercer County; advisory board member and treasurer of Immaculate Conception School; and past member of the Mercer County Central Committee, Mercer Residential Services board and the Mercer/Auglaize YMCA board.
Faber earned her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Toledo, her master’s degree in applied statistics from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science, with a minor in economics, from The Ohio State University. She also received a certificate in institutional research from Florida State University.
As vice provost and chief administrative officer of Lake Campus, Faber will be responsible for overseeing the daily operation and academic mission of Lake Campus and developing, nurturing and enhancing key community partnerships.
In recognition of the strategic position Lake Campus holds in Wright State’s future, the university elevated the position of vice provost and chief administrative officer to a council-level position. Faber will report to the provost and serve as a member of the President’s Council.