McDaniel College announces new dean of graduate and professional studies

A licensed psychologist, J. Michael Tyler brings more than 15 years of higher education experience to his role at McDaniel

Westminster, Md. – J. Michael Tyler has been named dean of graduate and professional studies at McDaniel College. He brings more than 15 years of higher education experience to his role at McDaniel.

Tyler has held senior-level positions at Gulf Cost University, Wayne State University, the University of South Florida and, most recently, Baker College in Michigan, where he served as the associate vice president for institutional effectiveness. He previously assisted in building Baker’s graduate school and programs as dean of research at the Center for Graduate Studies.

At McDaniel, he will be responsible for providing leadership and support of the college’s more than 25 master’s degree and professional programs in addition to six post-baccalaureate professional certificates and six five-year programs.

“Mike is an experienced academic administrator with extensive experience in graduate education. We are excited to have him joining us at McDaniel,” said Roger N. Casey, president of McDaniel College.

In addition, Tyler, a licensed psychologist, has held full-time teaching positions at the University of South Florida and Wayne State University, and served as an associate professor, head of the counseling program and division leader for the division of professional studies in the college of education at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has held clinical positions at Ball State University, Southwest Florida Addiction Services, Hendry-Glades Community Mental Health and Charter Hospital of Lafayette.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in philosophy from Earlham College, a master’s degree in counseling and personnel services from Purdue University and his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana University. He has worked as a consultant-evaluator with the Higher Learning Commission for eight years and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

For more information about Graduate and Professional Studies at McDaniel, call 410-857-2500 or visit

About McDaniel College

McDaniel College, recognized nationally among “40 Colleges that Change Lives” and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel’s degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.

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