Daemen College didn't take long to find its next president.
Edwin Clausen, the college's dean and vice president for academic affairs, has been tapped as the temporary successor to President Martin J. Anisman, the school announced this week.
Anisman announced in February he would retire in the spring 2011, giving the board of trustees ample time to conduct a presidential search and ensure a smooth transition.
But the board learned Clausen had a job offer elsewhere, and the school didn't want to lose him.
"The continued growth and progress of Daemen College could be disrupted if President Anisman and vice president for academic affairs depart at approximately the same time," a board memo to Daemen faculty, staff and students stated.
So after Anisman retires, Clausen will serve as Daemen president for up to two years, the board decided. The board will begin the search for a new Daemen president before Clausen's tenure is over.
Since his arrival at the college on Main Street in Snyder in 2000, Clausen has been part of the senior management team responsible for all areas of academic operations at Daemen.
"Dr. Clausen has been intimately involved in founding and developing several new initiatives at the college, particularly off-campus and overseas programs," the board memo stated.
Before coming to Daemen, Clausen served as director of academic planning and programs at Arizona International College at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was associate professor of history at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.
He has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Riverside, plus a master's in history and a doctorate in modern Chinese history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.