Westminster College: Office of the President
Brian Levin-Stankevich Biography
Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich became the 17th president of Westminster College in July of 2012. He brings a career-long commitment to providing opportunities for all and a passion for the value and integrity of an education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences.
Levin-Stankevich was born in Buffalo, NY, attended Hamilton College for his undergraduate education, and received master’s and doctoral degrees in history from the University at Buffalo (SUNY). A Fulbright Fellowship facilitated his working in Soviet archives on his dissertation in Russian legal history. He has published and taught in Russian history, comparative legal history, enrollment management, comparative education and higher education administration. He was a professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire that received 2006 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Department Award and was the 2011 recipient of the President’s Award from Region IV-East of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Prior to becoming President of Westminster College, Levin-Stankevich served as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire from 2006-2012 where he successfully led the implementation of new degree programs (including the school’s first doctoral program), more than $100 million in new construction and renovation, continuous annual growth in private fundraising, and broader integration of the university with its surrounding community. From 2005-6, he served as interim president of Eastern Washington University where he had served as vice provost, vice president and then provost from 1995-2006. He has served on Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development boards in Spokane and Eau Claire, and in various roles on the United Way of Eau Claire.
Throughout a long career in a range of administrative roles, Levin-Stankevich has maintained his connection to his scholarship and his students through presentations and classroom teaching, continuing this commitment even as chief campus executive. He has held positions in enrollment management, student affairs, undergraduate education, as an associate dean, and as a chief academic affairs officer, serving at the University at Buffalo, Florida Atlantic University, Eastern Washington University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire prior to his arrival in Salt Lake City.
He has been active in national and regional professional organizations and is a member of scholarly associations. He served on the NCAA Division III Presidents’ Council and as a peer evaluator for two regional accrediting associations. He recently completed a post-doctoral program at the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida.
“Dr. Brian,” as he is known to students, has been married to Debi for 38 years. They have twin sons who are now 29. Levin-Stankevich is an avid recreational cyclist, guitarist and occasional adult-level hockey player.
Recent Career Highlights