Trine University has merged its Graduate School and School of Professional Studies
into the new College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS).
“This new structure will enable much stronger academic and administrative coordination
between the university’s main and branch campuses, and its graduate programs,” said
A. Allen Hersel, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs. “It will allow us to
streamline operations and work more efficiently to serve our growing population of
graduate and adult students.”
Craig Laker, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology
and Social Sciences , has been named dean of the CGPS. Laker has served as dean of
the Jannen School or Arts & Sciences since 2013 and will leave that role once an interim
dean for the Jannen School is named.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to promote and advance the new College of Graduate
and Professional Studies,” Laker said. “I look forward to expanding the opportunities
for our adult learners in the undergraduate and graduate programs offered here at
“As dean of the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences, Craig has worked closely with
Trine’s graduate and professional programs in the past,” said Hersel. “His existing
relationships make him ideally positioned to build stronger links between Trine’s
main campus and its branches.”
A Fort Wayne native, Laker joined Trine in 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department
of Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Sciences and became chairman of the department
in 2002. He earned three degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington: a bachelor’s
degree in public affairs in 1987, a master’s degree in personnel management and labor
relations in 1989 and a master’s degree in criminal justice in 1992.
Laker has also taught at Concordia University, University of Cincinnati and Indiana
He has coached the handgun competition and crime scene teams of Trine’s chapter of
the American Criminal Justice Association to several regional and national titles.
In 2008, Laker earned ACJA’s Jim Hooker Outstanding Adviser Award.