Lyle Roelofs began his tenure as Berea College’s ninth president on July 1, 2012. He is a graduate of Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in physics and mathematics. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in physics, at the University of Maryland and has more than 35 years of experience in teaching and research at the University of Maryland, Calvin College, Brown University, Haverford College, and Colgate University. He is also an experienced administrator, having served as associate provost at Haverford College, and as provost, dean of faculty, and interim president at Colgate University. A number of U.S. and international institutions, including Sandia National Laboratory, the Fritz-Haber Institut in Berlin, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Munich), Technische Universität Clausthal, and Universität Ulm, have hosted Roelofs as a visiting scientist or fellow.
Dr. Roelofs’ academic and scholarly research has resulted in substantial grants from such organizations as the Research Corporation and the National Science Foundation. Other honors include the Humboldt Research Fellowship and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Teaching Fellowship. He held an endowed faculty chair at Haverford College as distinguished professor of computational science. Along with his many accomplishments in research and pedagogy, Dr. Roelofs has numerous publications in refereed professional journals, as well as invited papers and presentations at national and international seminars and colloquia.
Dr. Roelofs’ leadership initiatives at Berea College include strategic planning and institutional advancement through exploration of the College’s Great Commitments, sustainability as an institutional commitment, and enhancing the physical resources of the College.
Beyond Dr. Roelofs’ professional interests, he enjoys reading, cooking, bird watching, gardening, knitting, camping, hiking, and running (including the occasional distance race). Dr. Roelofs and his wife, Laurie, lead a Run/Walk Club for students, staff, and faculty twice weekly. They have two sons (both married) and four grandchildren.