Office of the Dean
Dr. Daniel K. Silber
Vice President of Academic Affairs &
Dean of the College
On June 1, 2012, Dr. Daniel K. Silber was named the VPAA and Dean of the College.
Before committing to Culver-Stockton College, Dr. Silber served at Florida Southern College for 14 years. During his time at FSC, Dr. Silber fulfilled a number of faculty and administrative leadership roles, including being named chair of the Transformational Curriculum Committee in 2007. The committee provided oversight for a curriculum transition that moved FSC from a three-credit-hour course system to a four-credit-hour system, which was enacted in 2010. The switch to a four-credit hour system was developed to help students focus on a smaller number of classes at once and offer the student more experiential learning, which are the same goals of C-SC’s 12/3 semester schedule. In addition, Dr. Silber helped revitalize FSC’s Honors Program, nearly doubling its enrollment and increasing student retention rates within the program to 90 percent. Another notable program Dr. Silber oversaw at FSC was a campus-wide quality enhancement program called SAGA (Student Awareness Generates Action). SAGA integrated academic courses, the first-year experience, the annual common reading, and service learning opportunities revolving around social themes such as “poverty and hunger” and “health and wellness.” Dr. Silber also has extensive experience as an instructor and professor, teaching a number of courses in philosophy and ethics.
Dr. Silber lives in Canton, Mo., with his wife, Karin, his son, Jason and his daughter, Hanami.
Dr. Silber received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., in 1994 and 1993, respectively. In 1989, he graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University in Washington, DC, with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and history.
Dr. Silber is passionate about his commitment to promote both liberal arts and experiential education at C-SC. “There is sometimes thought to be a tension between the two, but I believe the distinctive blend of liberal and experiential learning that we have at Culver-Stockton provides students a great foundation for success in life,” says Dr. Silber. “More than a narrowly defined skill set that could become obsolete in a rapidly changing world, we help students ‘learn how to learn’ by emphasizing critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills, a broad knowledge base and, perhaps above all, the confidence to address new and unexpected challenges in an increasingly globalized society.”
Dr. Silber was born in Argentina. His family moved to the U.S., and he spent much of his youth in Maryland.