Silver Lake College names interim president

Posted On May 04, 2017

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MANITOWOC, Wis. — Robert A. Fale of Fond du Lac has been named interim president of Silver Lake College, its board of trustees announced on Thursday.

Dr. Chris E. Domes, current president, has accepted the presidency of Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania. He will continue to serve in his role as president of Silver Lake College through June. Fale will begin on May 22, allowing for a transition period.

Fale served as interim president and special adviser to the president of Marian University in Fond du Lac from June 2013 through June 2016. During that time, Marian achieved full, 10-year accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. The university also made a financial turnaround from $1.5 million annual losses to a $1.7 million operating gain and improved its cash flow by $2.3 million, according to Fale, who developed and implemented a succession plan that resulted in the placement of a permanent president.

“I am humbled to be asked to serve as interim president of Silver Lake College,” Fale said. “There are several very important initiatives underway at the college, and I understand the importance of working closely with the board of trustees, the faculty and the entire college community during this transitional period. Having worked in faith-based sponsored ministries for more than 35 years, I have learned that the heart and soul of the ministry resides in each person serving for a common purpose, in this case, the students,” Fale said.

Silver Lake College Board of Trustees Chair Eric Volcheff said the board looks forward to working with Fale this year. “We are confident that Mr. Fale will provide strong leadership as Silver Lake College continues to achieve its vision and strategic goals, and prepares for the next president,” he said. “We are so pleased to have a leader with Mr. Fale’s proven success record.”

Dan McGinty, president and CEO of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sponsored Ministries, added:  “Bob Fale is a leader who has significant experience in Catholic higher education and Catholic health care. Silver Lake College is fortunate to have a qualified leader stepping in to the presidency at this time in the college’s history.” Silver Lake College was founded in 1935 by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, who continue to sponsor the college.

 “Bob Fale is a respected colleague I’ve known for a number of years,” said Dr. Domes. “Bob will provide continuity and steady leadership as the college develops its SLC Works program, grows its new nursing program and expands athletics.”

 Fale was recently appointed to an advisory group of the Higher Learning Commission, the nation’s largest regional accrediting agency. The purpose of the group, Partners for Transformation, is to “re-imagine regional accreditation for the future,” and find “ways accreditors can assure quality without blocking new ideas,” according to the HLC.

Prior to joining Marian, Fale worked in health care. From April through June 2013, Fale served as interim CEO for Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville, where he also led recruitment of a successor.

In 2012, he started Robert Fale HealthCare Consulting LLC, and served as a strategic adviser to senior executives and governing boards of complex, integrated health-care delivery systems. 

Fale was president and CEO, and later adviser to the new CEO, at Agnesian HealthCare Inc. in Fond du Lac from 1996 through 2012. He developed a vision and strategy that expanded this system from a single hospital/clinic to its current status as a premier regional system, according to Fale.

From 1981 through 1996, Fale held progressively responsible positions with Catholic Health Initiatives (formerly Catholic Health Corporation), the most recent as president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho. 

Fale earned his Master of Health Administration from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Fale and his wife, Ann, were born and raised in Sheboygan.