Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich became the 17th president of Westminster College in July of 2012. He brings a career long commitment of providing opportunities for all and a passion for the well-rounded knowledge gained through an education in liberal arts.
Levin-Stankevich grew up in the Kaisertown district of Buffalo, New York. Although he was immersed in a community rich in immigrant culture, he never left Buffalo until he boarded a bus for college. The world progressively opened up through lessons in history, art, culture, science, logic – the liberal arts.
Learning took Levin-Stankevich around the globe. As a first generation college student, Dr. Levin-Stankevich is very grateful for his educational opportunities. He received his B.A. in history in 1972 from Hamilton College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from SUNY at Buffalo. From 1977-78, he studied legal history as a Fellow at St. Petersburg State University in Russia.
Before becoming president of Westminster, Levin-Stankevich served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 2006-2012 where he not only initiated and led a broadly-based strategic planning process, but successfully moved several new academic programs through the University of Wisconsin system. From 2005-2006, he served as interim president of Eastern Washington University. Over the years, Dr. Levin-Stankevich has served in a broad range of academic and administrative capacities.
He began his career as an adjunct professor at SUNY at Buffalo, and held positions that included: director of admissions and enrollment management (Florida Atlantic University), vice provost/vice president for student affairs (Eastern Washington University), professor of history (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire), adjunct professor (SUNY at Buffalo), and interim president (EWU), to name a few.
Dr. Levin-Stankevich has also been a member of various professional organizations, including the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, NCAA Division III President’s Council, International Student Admissions Committee, and the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.
He is the recipient of the 2011 President’s Award (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) and the 2006 Regents Teaching Excellence Department Award. He is also an avid road biker, hockey player, and guitar player.