Kathleen Ketterer was recently named dean of Bainbridge State College’s School of Health Sciences and Professional Studies.

Ketterer, who had been serving as interim dean since August 2011, was named dean following a nationwide search.

“I am part of a strong BSC leadership team, and I am very excited about the possibilities the future holds for the School of Health Sciences and Professional Studies,” Ketterer said. “There will be many challenges along the way and community participation will be central for our success.”

As dean of the School of Health Sciences & Professional Studies, Ketterer will manage the school’s daily operations; develop, plan and account for its overall success and continuing growth, and supervise 68 staff and faculty members who work with an estimated 1,319 students.

“As interim director, Kathy has led the School of Health Sciences and Professional Studies with confidence, courage and compassion. I am delighted to remove the word interim from her title, and I look forward to working with her for many years to come,” said Dr. Tonya Strickland, vice president for Academic Affairs.

Ketterer has been with BSC since January 2006 as an instructor of business. In a year’s time, she was on a tenure track. In the fall of 2011, she became an assistant professor of business with an emphasis of teaching marketing and management. She has also served as an adviser to BSC’s National Technical Honor Society.

A familiar face in the area through her work associated with the local art community, Ketterer is a former president of the Decatur County Artists Guild and member of Bainbridge-Decatur County and Gadsden County arts councils.

Ketterer earned a Master of Business Administration at Argosy University (formerly the University of Sarasota) in Sarasota, Fla.; a Bachelor of Arts in organizational studies at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., and an Associate of Arts in general studies at Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Fla.

Prior to moving to Bainbridge, Ketterer was the children’s services coordinator and trainer for Manatee County  government in Bradenton, managing $8 million in non-profit agency contracts, and providing curriculum design and training for community special projects and staff development. She was also the director of student services/registrar at Argosy University.

Ketterer also served as a trainer and instructor for the American Red Cross, program director for the Manatee Family YMCA and diving coach for the Manatee County Parks and Recreation, all in Bradenton. She also served as president of the Florida Diving Association of U.S. Diving.


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