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Dr. Michael R. Lane

15th President of Emporia State University, November 1, 2006 to June 30, 2011.


Dr. Michael R. Lane became the 15th president of Emporia State University on November 1, 2006.

ESU President Dr. Michael R. Lane

Dr. Lane earned a doctorate in accounting from Texas A&M University, a master's in accounting from Northeastern University and a bachelor's in finance from Lowell Technological Institute (now the University of Massachusetts at Lowell).

A native of Melrose, Massachusetts, Dr. Lane’s career in higher education began in Boston as an assistant professor of accounting at Northeastern University. As a professor at Bradley University he served as Chair of the Department of Accounting, Associate Dean of the College of Business and Director of the MBA Program. In 1994 he was named dean of the School of Business at Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne. He later advanced to dean of the Campbell School of Business at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. At Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Lane served over four years as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Prior to coming to Emporia State University, he was vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.

Dr. Lane was active for many years in the American Accounting Association, serving on the board of the Midwest region. He served Beta Alpha Psi, the national accounting honors and professional fraternity for several years as faculty vice president at Northeastern University and Bradley University where he was selected as one of five “Outstanding Faculty Vice President” by the national organization. Dr. Lane also served on the national Council of Beta Alpha Psi.

As a business dean, Dr. Lane was active in regional activities of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Dr. Lane has published or presented more than two dozen papers and has written ethics cases for a principles of accounting text book.

A strong advocate for international education, Dr. Lane has traveled to Russia on several occasions for both Bradley University and Mansfield University. His international emphasis for ESU has been in Asia where he has visited with ESU partners in South Korea, Japan, and the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Lane encourages all students to study abroad and experience the world!

President Lane is a member of Congressman Jerry Moran's Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for The Renaissance Group. He is a member of the Kansas Park Trust, Steering Committee for the Visitors Center at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas Park Trust. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas and the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He serves on the Newman Regional Health Board of Trustees and on the Board of Directors of the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Kansas Cavalry, and the Rotary Club of Emporia and a graduate of the 2009 Class of Leadership Kansas.

His wife, Dr. Peggy Lane, was the Chair and Professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the Emporia State University School of Business.