Andrew Ketsdever assumed the role of interim vice president of OSU-Cascades in May 2021. He is committed to academic and research excellence, advocating for students, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, and supporting the continued growth and expansion of OSU-Cascades to benefit Central Oregon and our state.
Ketsdever joined OSU-Cascades in 2018 as an associate dean, overseeing degree programs in science, technology and engineering, and leading research and faculty diversity efforts. In 2020 he undertook the role of dean of academic affairs and the chief academic officer for the campus with responsibility for expanding degree programs to meet industry needs, advancing research efforts and leading faculty instructors and researchers. Prior to joining OSU-Cascades, Ketsdever was a professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. There, he was also the director of online graduate programs for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Ketsdever worked as a civilian for the United States Air Force and served an appointment as a distinguished visiting professor in the astronautics department at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Student voices are essential to the success of academic and other offerings, and the planned development of the OSU-Cascades campus. Students' ideas and feedback are encouraged and welcome.