Strayer University Welcomes New President: Dr. Michael Plater Inaugurated As 14th President In Last 120 Years
On Sept. 20, 2012, members of the Strayer University community welcomed Dr. Michael A. Plater as the institution’s 14th president during his investiture ceremony in Washington,D.C. “When a university has produced graduates over the course of 120 years, it’s fair to say it has been a major force in society, and will continue to be into the future. As president, I intend to uphold this rich tradition,” Dr. Plater said during his investiture address.
Dr. Plater leads the University in providing a rigorous, relevant higher education to adult learners that will enable them to thrive after graduation. “The best path to strong employment, job satisfaction and personal empowerment is higher education,” said Dr. Plater, who had previously served as Strayer University’s provost and chief academic officer.
Friend and former colleague of Dr. Plater, Dr. Quiester Craig, dean of the School of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University, delivered the keynote address, during which he recalled the qualities that he saw in Dr. Plater atA&T.“He had all the C’s and the E’s — compassion, character, commitment, ethics, enthusiasm and energy,” said Dr.Craig. “Strayer University is certainly gaining a qualified, caring leader in Dr. Plater.”
PATHWAY TO SUCCESS
At an early age,Dr. Plater learned that education can lead to transformative opportunities. Growing up with a single mother in Washington,D.C., he attended inner-city schools until earning a scholarship at the age of 14 to the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. That experience became a steppingstone that led Dr. Plater to become the first person in his family to attend college.
Dr. Plater earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in American studies from the College of William and Mary While earning his doctoral degree, Dr. Plater and his wife worked full-time and welcomed the birth of their two children, overcoming similar challenges to what many Strayer University students face today.
“From an early age, my mother reinforced to me the concept of education as a pathway to success in society,” he reflected in his address. “Access to higher education gave me the confidence to find doors of opportunity and knock on them loudly. I intend to share that wisdom with our students.”
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