Lourdes University is pleased to announce the establishment of two new senior administrative positions within the institution. Dean Ludwig, Ph.D., has been named Vice President for Enrollment, and Michelle Rable has been named Assistant Vice President for Institutional Planning. Additionally, Ryan Butt, J.D., has been appointed Interim Dean of the College of Business & Leadership (COBAL).

As Vice President of Enrollment, Dr. Dean Ludwig will oversee admissions, financial aid, and retention, and will work closely with athletics and residential life to promote growth of both areas. He holds an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. from the Wharton School of Business. Dr. Ludwig previously served as Lourdes’ Dean of the College of Business & Leadership.

Prior to joining the Lourdes community, he spent 11 years at The University of Toledo where he established the Center for Family Business, was Director of the Business Honors Program, and received both the University and College of Business teaching awards.  Dr. Ludwig has spent several periods working in industry, one launching a national line of consumer products for the Andersons, Inc., another as V.P. of Sales and Marketing for medium-sized, privately-held firm, and a third operating his own sole-proprietorship.  He has served as a consultant and board member for a variety of organizations and firms including most recently a six-year term on the Board of Hospice of Northwest Ohio, where he served as President. This year he was a recipient of the Jefferson Award for the Toledo region.

“His vision, management, and enrollment achievements as Dean of the College of Business & Leadership made Dr. Ludwig the ideal candidate for this pivotal position,” notes Dr. David Livingston, President of Lourdes University. Annual increase in credit hours taught by Lourdes’ COBAL grew by 12% under Dr. Ludwig’s leadership (from fall 2009 to spring 2013).

As Assistant Vice President for Institutional Planning, Michelle Rable will play an integral role in key university projects and institutional assessment, in addition to retaining her role as Registrar. She holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in public management from The University of Findlay and a bachelor’s degree in communications from The University of Toledo.

Since 2000, she has served as Lourdes’ Registrar, overseeing a number of vital institutional functions including FERPA compliance, student registration, assessment of tuition and fees, class scheduling, curricula data, final degree audits, and diploma distribution. She also serves as advisor to the student organization “Active Minds,” which focuses on mental health and wellness and has taught both business marketing and the First Year Experience course.

Prior to her role at Lourdes Michelle served as Assistant Registrar at the Medical College of Ohio. She is a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrar’s & Admissions Officers, and the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrar’s & Admissions Officers.

Ryan ButtAs Interim Dean of the College of Business & Leadership, Ryan Butt will be responsible for managing COBAL in addition to serving as Director of the Master of Business Administration program.

Ryan earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from The University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law. Previously, Ryan worked in Kenya for an NGO that provided training and resources to create sustainable business enterprises for street children. This experience was followed by a senior administrative position with a regional nonprofit organization in Northern Indiana, where he helped develop frameworks for social enterprises to be implemented within the organization.

This passion for building social ventures led him to establish The Constaré Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in developing social ventures within and between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Ryan has served on several nonprofit boards, at the local, regional, state, and international levels, and currently sits on the Sunset Retirement Communities board of directors, locally, and the Mkombozi board of directors in Tanzania.

“As Lourdes continues to provide the best private university education in this region, we are cognizant of the importance enrollment and assessment play in our institution’s success. With these appointments, Lourdes is poised to recruit top students and professionals from our region and across the globe,” adds Dr. Livingston.