President David L. Eisler - Biography

David L. Eisler

Dr. David Eisler has served as president of Ferris State University since July 2003 and is the senior public university president in Michigan. 

Under his leadership, the University has embarked on an ambitious program of curricular innovation, classroom renovation, cooperative programs with high schools and community colleges, and providing opportunity for students who may not otherwise attend college. 

Ferris was the first university selected to receive the Uncommon Greatness Award from the Center for Community Leadership of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.  He is a recipient of the Newsmaker of the Year in Education by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, is a member of the Ferris State University Welding Engineering Technology Hall of Fame, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance Hall of Fame, and is recipient of the Albertus Marquis Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from Who’s Who International.

In 2018 Dr. Eisler was chosen to present the President to Presidents Lecture to his nearly 400 presidential colleagues of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).  Dr. Eisler serves as Vice President for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact and serves on the boards of the AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU), Michigan Works! West Central, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). He is past board chair for the GLIAC, MASU, the Michigan Nonprofit Association, and the WCHA, and past member of the AASCU Board of Directors and Talent 2025. 

President Eisler believes strongly the higher education experience should prepare students for successful careers, create a pattern of intellectual rigor, develop a commitment to community engagement and provide the foundation for lifelong learning.