Lakeland College’s Board of Trustees announced today they will not conduct a search for a new president following Michael Grandillo’s resignation.
The college appointed former senior vice president Daniel Eck as its interim president. His appointment is indefinite, and the college has no plans to conduct a presidential search in the near future, according to a news release from college spokesman David Gallianetti.
“We are very pleased that Dan is eager to assume this important role,” Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Melzer said, in the release. “Dan’s accomplishments at the college, along with his experience in managing many of Lakeland’s day-to-day operations and our strategic planning to date, have given him the experience needed to lead Lakeland. We celebrated an important milestone with the college’s 150th anniversary last year, which has provided great momentum and enthusiasm for the future.”
Grandillo said his resignation was due to “a difference in philosophy” between he and the board.
Melzer was unavailable for comment but said in the news release that Grandillo introduced many positive changes during his time at Lakeland, including some new approaches to admissions and student recruitment that have Lakeland on pace for high enrollment results this fall.
Eck will lead the completion and implementation of the strategic planning process that is currently underway and that Grandillo introduced during his inaugural speech in October.