Alumnus, higher ed administrator joins Heidelberg board

Feb 27, 2014

Dr. Larry Roper, an experienced higher education administrator and alumnus of Heidelberg University, is the newest member of the university’s Board of Trustees.

Heidelberg President Robert H. Huntington announced Roper’s appointment following the board’s annual spring meetings Feb. 20-22.

“We are extremely pleased to have someone of Larry's caliber – both professionally and personally – as a member of our Board of Trustees,” Huntington said. “Larry brings a very high level of expertise in many of the complex issues facing higher education institutions today. His alma mater will be well served by his contributions to the board.”

Currently, Roper is the vice provost for Student Affairs at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., having served in that capacity since 1995. He supervises a number of divisions, including enrollment management, student life and housing, intercultural student services, among others. Additionally, he also serves as professor of ethnic studies, teaching courses in speech communication, college student services administration and community college leadership at the doctoral level.

A native of Akron, Roper earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Heidelberg in 1975. He holds a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland. He currently serves as a senior scholar with the American College Personnel Association as the editor of the Journal of the National Association of Student Personnel Administration. He is a principal investigator and project director for a Kellogg Foundation grant for the Leadership for Institutional Change in Higher Education.

Roper has authored more than 50 articles, book chapters, reviews and monographs. He has given well over 100 presentations on such topics as leadership, diversity, student success and engagement, professional preparation and community building.

Dr. Wade Young, chair of the board’s Trusteeship Committee, looks forward to the energy and expertise Roper will bring to the board. “With Larry’s background in higher education, he brings a unique perspective to the board. We look forward to his participation in advancing the university, his alma mater.”