became the seventh president of Edgewood College on August 1,
He has served Edgewood College since 1998, as Dean of Admissions and
Financial Aid, Vice President for Planning & Enrollment, and
interim Chief Financial Officer. In addition, he has regularly taught a
doctoral course in Higher Education Finance.
Dr. Flanagan previously served as Director of Admissions, Director of
Athletics, and Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services at the
University of Saint Francis, in Ft. Wayne, Ind., where freshman classes
tripled during his five years of leadership.
He has been a frequent presenter at national conferences on trends in
higher education, strategic planning, enrollment management,
leadership, and change management. He has also served as a consultant
in the areas of enrollment management and strategic planning.
While a member of the Oregon, Wis. Board of Education, Dr. Flanagan was
a key contributor to Accountability for Student Achievement, a policy
paper which received recognition from the National Association of
School Boards. Flanagan currently serves on the board of the Urban
League of Greater Madison, and recently served as a member of the
Commission on Financial Aid Consolidation and Modernization, created to
improve financial aid in Wisconsin.
Flanagan holds a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the
University of Pennsylvania, where his dissertation, ‘Reconciling Values
during General Education Revision at Three Catholic Universities,’ was
recognized with distinction. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of
Saint Francis, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison with an undergraduate degree in political science. He
is married to Krista, a professional in event management. They have two
children, Erin and Sean.
Dr. Flanagan is a native of Weyauwega, Wis., and is the son of Mike and
Nancy, two retired Wisconsin public school teachers.