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New Dean for Academic Affairs Joins Kettering College

Loren Agrey recently joined Kettering College, located in Kettering, Ohio, as the dean for academic affairs. Agrey was previously the president of Asia-Pacific International University in Thailand.  In 2005, Agrey graduated with a doctorate in education from the University of Alberta. Agrey believes that his degree allowed him to transition to university administration from working as a teacher and administrator in the K-12 Adventist system.

Since completing his studies, Agrey has served as the vice president for academic administration at Canadian University College and the president of Asia-Pacific University. He says that he chose to work at Kettering College because of its “excellence, the forward-thinking vision and mission, and the excellent cadre of educational and administrative professionals.”

With Agrey’s arrival, Kettering College will almost have a completely new administration team. Ruth Abbott recently joined Kettering College in January of 2015 as the other dean for academic affairs. Abbott is a doctoral-prepared nurse with a background in public speaking, product development, leadership and business. In 2001 Abbott graduated from Andrews University with a doctorate in higher education; Nursing. Abbott has served as a director of nursing at Kellogg Community College (Mich.), professor of nursing at Andrews University (Mich.) and the vice president of nursing and health at Corinthian Colleges.

“We are very excited to welcome both Loren and Ruth as the new academic deans for Kettering College,” says Nate Brandstater, Kettering College president. “With their arrival on campus, College faculty, staff and students now have a full administrative team supporting their work, teaching, and learning.”

Agrey began his duties at Kettering College in early July.

Feature photo: Kettering College’s administrative team, from left: Loren Agrey, Dean for Academic Affairs; Ruth Abbott, Dean for Academic Affairs;  Nate Brandstater, President; Victor Brown, Dean for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

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