FSU’s Dean of Students Dr. Jesse Ketterman Wins National Award
Frostburg State University assistant vice president for student services and dean of students, Dr. Jesse Ketterman, was recently recognized as Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional of the year by NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Ketterman was formally recognized at the NASPA conference March 9.
Ketterman, an 11-year FSU employee, has served various roles as a student conduct liaison, including director of Student Development and assistant and associate director of Residence Life. Ketterman will continue to maintain local partnerships with community officials and will continue to provide leadership to the summer orientation program. The Brady Health Center and the campus-wide wellness program will operate under Ketterman’s direction.
“Dr. Ketterman has been an enormous asset to Frostburg State University and our alcohol prevention program. He has been on the front lines. His receipt of this award should first and foremost recognize his efforts on this campus on behalf of all of our students,” said FSU President Dr. Jonathan Gibralter. “His efforts have contributed to Frostburg State’s efforts to reduce reported binge drinking and to change to demeanor of our student body.”
“Jesse Ketterman’s interactions with campus and community leaders, students and citizens have brought about the kind of cooperation that comes only from persistence and mutual understanding,” said NASPA Executive Director Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy. “He is a credit to the student affairs profession, and we look forward to even bigger and better things from him in the future.”
The NASPA Mid-level Student Affairs Professional Award recognizes individuals with a minimum of five years experience in student affairs who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the profession, have contributed to programs that address the needs of students, and are experienced in creating campus environments that promote student learning and personal development. The honor is one of seven national awards presented each year at NASPA’s annual conference.
NASPA is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy and practice, and affirms the commitment of the student affairs profession to educating the whole student and integrating student life and learning. With over 11,000 members at 1,400 campuses, and representing 29 countries, NASPA is the foremost professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty and graduate and undergraduate students. NASPA members are committed to serving college students by embracing the core values of diversity, learning, integrity, collaboration, access, service, fellowship and the spirit of inquiry.
Ketterman has two master’s degrees from Frostburg State University in business administration and education and holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Touro University International. Before joining the FSU staff, Ketterman graduated from Military Police Basic Training School and served in the U.S. Army Reserve, going onto active duty after Sept.11, 2001, under Operation Noble Eagle. His is a member of the Association for Student Judicial Affairs, American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personal Administrators. He has presented nationally on addressing student behavior off-campus and has written articles on due process in student conduct systems.
“Jesse has addressed the political as well as monumental administrative task of addressing student behavior and community relations,” wrote John Lowe, retired assistant vice president of student development at Frostburg State, in his letter nominating Ketterman for the award. “People with conflicting interests have come together under his leadership to make significant differences in their lives.”
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.
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