An English professor and former provost at Idaho State University has been selected as the new president of Daemen College, the school announced this morning.
Gary A. Olson, who served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Idaho State from 2009 until June 2011, will take over at the college in Amherst at the beginning of 2013.
Olson will succeed Edwin Clausen, who has served as Daemen’s president since the retirement of Martin Anisman in May of 2011.
Clausen will continue at Daemen as a distinguished professor and faculty member in the history and government department, officials at the school said.
Olson earned his bachelor’s degree from Kings College and his master’s from the University of Connecticuit, before obtaining a doctorate in literary criticism and rhetoric from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1980, according to Daemen.
From 1985 to 2004, Olson served as an administrator and faculty member at the University of South Florida. He was the chief academic officer at USF’s St. Petersburg campus from 2002 to 2004, when he helped lead the campus to a seperately accredited campus within the USF system.
Olson served as dean of the college of arts and sciences at Illinois State University from 2004 to 2009. He was named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Idaho State in 2009 and served in that position until 2011, when he stepped down after his contract ended, according to published reports.
Currently, he is an English professor at Idaho State, where he is a scholar in rhetoric and a monthly columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education.