Michael Westerfield

Vice President and Dean of Graduate College; Professor, English



Areas of Expertise:

  • The Fundamentals of a Mission Statement
  • Formulating Your Business Plan
  • Integrity in the Workplace
  • Communication in the Workplace
  • Composition Research
  • Children's Literature


  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A., Pittsburgh State University, Kan.
  • B.A., Harding University, Searcy, Ark.

Professional Achievements:

  • Vice President and Dean of Graduate College, 2009-
  • President, Rochester College, Mich., 2003-2009
  • Provost, Rochester College, 1995-2003
  • Administrative Vice President, York College, 1989-1995
  • Vice President for Student Services, York College, 1987-1989
  • Assistant to Academic Vice President, York College, 1977


  • Accreditation Review Committee
  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
  • National Conference of Academic Deans
  • Assessment Committee for the Higher Learning Commission
  • Executive Board of Association of Independent College and Universities in Michigan (AICUM)
Consultant work:
  • Nebraska Educational Television Consortium of Higher Education
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • King's Academy, Sunnyvale, Calif.
  • Great Lakes Christian College, Lansing, Mich.
  • Newman University, Wichita, Kan.
  • TCMI, graduate institution, Vienna, Austria

Honors and/or awards:

  • Outstanding Graduating English Major, Harding University
  • York College's Dale R. Larsen Teacher of Achievement Award
  • York College Teacher of the Year (five times)
  • Outstanding Alumnus College of Arts and Humanities, Harding University