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Lasell University Names Chrystal Porter Vice President of Graduate and Professional Studies

July 30, 2020

Lasell University announced that Chrystal Porter, Ph.D, Ed.S., has been appointed Vice President of Graduate and Professional Studies and Professor of Sport Management, as of July 1, 2020. Porter will report to University President Michael B. Alexander and serve as a member of the Senior Management Team.

Chrystal Porter, Vice President of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) at Lasell UniversityPorter comes to Lasell from Endicott College where she was a faculty member in Sport Management and a senior administrator. Soon after her arrival at Endicott in 2008, Porter became an Assistant Dean and Chair in the School of Sport Science. She later moved to the Van Loan School, which houses Endicott's graduate, online, accelerated bachelors, and non-traditional programs. She served at the Van Loan School for seven years, received several promotions and was ultimately named Associate Provost overseeing academic and administrative operations.

During her 12-year tenure at Endicott, Porter rose to the rank of Associate Provost, supervised 15 program directors and administrators, supported external partnerships, and expanded bachelor's degree completion programs, serving more than 2,000 students in domestic and international locations. While at Endicott she taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, eventually rising to the rank of Professor.

"Chrystal exhibits a creative flair, an entrepreneurial spirit, significant leadership experience and deep academic credentials," said Alexander. "My colleagues and I agreed that her special set of skills, her diverse experience and her drive made her the best person to fill this key position. Chrystal is an important addition to the Lasell University leadership team."

Prior to Endicott, Porter held positions as retention and admissions officers at Wiley College in Texas and at North Central College and Illinois Institute of Technology, both in Illinois. Earlier in career, she worked in sales for the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche.

Porter has served on several New England Commission of Higher Education accreditation teams, published in the areas of sport management and adult learning, and has been active in numerous social service organizations. She received her Ph.D. from Capella University, a Specialist in Education degree from Florida State, and two bachelors and one master's degree from Ohio University.