Andrew Ketsdever

Andrew Ketsdever will leave OSU-Cascades on July 7 to join Cal Poly Pomona as dean of the college of engineering.

May 18, 2023

Andrew Ketsdever, dean of academic affairs at Oregon State University – Cascades, has been named dean of College of Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona.

A mechanical and aerospace engineer, Ketsdever recently served as interim vice president OSU-Cascades. He  will begin his new position at Cal Poly on July 10 and oversee a college with 18 undergraduate and graduate engineering programs, and approximately 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

“We celebrate Andrew’s accomplishments and this next step in his professional career,” said Sherm Bloomer, chancellor and dean of OSU-Cascades. “Andrew’s dedicated leadership and his contributions to the growth of our academic and research portfolios have built a strong foundation for continued positive momentum at OSU-Cascades.”

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, before being promoted to dean of academic affairs in 2020.

“It is with a heavy heart that I plan to leave OSU-Cascades,” said Ketsdever. “I will miss the students, faculty and staff that I have had the pleasure of serving over the past five years. However, I look forward with excitement for this next chapter that will allow me to continue to passionately impact the future of higher education.”

At OSU-Cascades, Ketsdever oversaw the launch of new degree programs in art, media and technology; biochemistry and molecular biology; economics; engineering science; outdoor products; political science; and a doctoral degree in physical therapy. He helped lead OSU-Cascades to record research and sponsored activity funding of $3.4 million in 2021 and $5.7 million in 2022.

He also championed the creation of the Cascades Edge career development program and the start of the first phase of the campus innovation district.

Ketsdever was appointed interim vice president of OSU-Cascades in May 2021,, replacing Becky Johnson after she was named interim president of OSU.

Ketsdever’s last day at OSU-Cascades will be July 7. A national search will be launched in the coming weeks for a chief academic officer for the campus.

About OSU-Cascades:  Oregon State University’s campus in Bend brings higher education to Central Oregon, the fastest growing region in the state. Surrounded by mountains, forest and high desert, OSU-Cascades is a highly innovative campus of a top-tier land grant research university, offering small classes that accelerate faculty-student mentoring and experiential learning. Degree programs meet industry and economic needs in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship, natural ecosystems, health and wellness, and arts and sciences, and prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges. OSU-Cascades is expanding to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, building a 128-acre campus with net-zero goals.