President: Dr. Lyle Roelofs

Contact Information

Lincoln Hall, 211
Campus Mail: CPO 2200
Phone: 859-985-3521
Fax: 859-985-3915


  • B.S., Calvin College, 1975
  • M.S., University of Maryland, 1978
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1980
Lyle Roelofs
Berea College President Lyle Roelofs


Roelofs is a graduate of Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in physics and mathematics. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in physics, at the University of Maryland and has more than 35 years experience in teaching and research at the University of Maryland, Calvin College, Brown University, Haverford College and Colgate University. He is also an experienced administrator, having served as associate provost at Haverford College, as provost and dean of faculty, and as interim president at Colgate University. As a scientist Roelofs held visiting appointments and fellowships at the Sandia National Laboratory, the Fritz-Haber Institut in Berlin, the University of Munich, the Technical University Clausthal-Zellerfeld, and Universität Ulm.

Dr. Roelofs’ academic and scholarly research has resulted in substantial grants from such organizations as the Research Corporation, the Pew Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Other honors include the Humboldt Research Fellowship and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Teaching Fellowship. He held an endowed faculty chair at Haverford College as distinguished professor of computational science.

Dr. Roelofs’ research career in theoretical condensed matter physics and science pedagogy resulted in numerous publications in refereed professional journals, as well as invited papers and presentations at national and international seminars and colloquia. Beyond his academic interests, Dr. Roelofs enjoys reading, running (for exercise and the occasional distance race), cooking, knitting, and various outdoor activities including bird watching, camping and hiking. He and his wife Lauren are proud of their two sons, two daughters-in-law, and five energetic grandchildren.