Ivy Tech Northeast announces new dean for Technology division

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is pleased to welcome Darrel J. Kesler, Ph.D., as the college’s new dean for the Technology Division. He began his role at the College Aug. 20. As Ivy Tech Northeast’s technology dean, Kesler will oversee more than 15 academic programs. The previous dean, John Walter, is now a full-time faculty member in the Technology division and has been with the College since 1985.

Kesler’s experience includes more than 35 years of education, research, outreach, and administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Colleges of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine. He was a professor of animal and biomedical sciences and technology and has authored 147 articles in peer-reviewed journals and numerous patents, book chapters, and other articles. Kesler has been recognized by his peers in the workplace, nationally and internally for teaching, advising, and outreach.

“We are looking forward to Dr. Kessler joining our team,” says Cathy Maxwell, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “He has had an outstanding career which will enhance our Technology Division. I am sure his knowledge and experience will be a valuable addition to our administrative staff here at Ivy Tech Northeast.”

He is a multidisciplinary scientist and technologist with postgraduate education in biomedical engineering. Kesler has also worked as a consultant with business and industry, including companies like Abbott Laboratories, Inc., Merial Ltd., and Pfizer, Inc. Some of his research has helped revolutionize the livestock industry world-wide with an innovative paradigm and technology to treat infertility and to synchronize and to artificially inseminate beef and dairy cattle and water buffalo.

“It’s an honor to be selected to provide leadership to an outstanding institution, and I welcome the opportunity of becoming reacquainted with northeast Indiana,” says Darrel J. Kesler, Ph.D. “I anxiously look forward to facilitating educational efforts, working with faculty, staff and students, orchestrating a shared vision to sustain excellent programs and the creation of new programs and alliances with corporations, and providing outreach to the community.”

Kesler earned a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Reproductive Sciences and Technology. His undergraduate and graduate studies were completed at Purdue University with a B.S. in Animal Sciences and an M.S. in Animal Sciences and Communications. He has also given presentations, conducted research, and taught internationally, specifically in Egypt, Belize, Mexico, South Africa, Honduras, and Brazil.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech serves nearly 200,000 students annually and has campuses throughout Indiana. It functions as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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