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Kettering College Announces New Dean for Academic Affairs

By Mindy Claggett, KCMA Public Relations Officer

Kettering College of Medical Arts (KCMA) president Charles Scriven, PhD, recently announced that William “W.G.” Nelson, Jr., has accepted the position of dean for Academic Affairs. Nelson joins the KCMA staff after spending the past six years as a professor in the graduate School of Education at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif. Since 2006 Nelson also has chaired the university's Department of Administration and Leadership.

Prior to his term at La Sierra, Nelson served as president of Walla Walla (Wash.) College from 1994-2001. From 1988-94, he served in various positions, most recently as vice president for Academic Administration at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. During the 1980s, he was principal at Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market, Va.; at Indiana Academy in Cicero; and at Mile High Academy in Denver.

“I was very impressed by Kettering College’s spirit during my initial visit,” commented Nelson. "It is clear to me that it is a positive educational and healthcare environment where good things are happening. I look forward to the opportunity of working with Scriven and KCMA's faculty, staff, students, and administrative team as we chart a strategic direction for the college's future.”

After obtaining his bachelor's degree in history at Atlantic Union
College (AUC) in South Lancaster, Mass., in 1972, Nelson went on to earn his Master of Education at Worcester (Mass.) State College in 1978. He received his Doctor of Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., in 1993.

“Dr. Nelson inspires people,” stated Scriven. “He knows leadership is about getting things done. He will keep us on the ‘Journey to Better’ that is our legacy as a Kettering institution."

With plans to join the KCMA administrative team this summer, Nelson fills the vacancy left by Norman Wendth, who became president of AUC last year.