Vice President to Lead School of Education at La Sierra University
Ketting-Weller Has Led Academic Administration Since 2002
By: Rosa Jimenez
Ginger Ketting-Weller, vice president for academic administration at Walla Walla University, has accepted an invitation to become dean of the School of Education at La Sierra University. She will begin her new role July 1 of this year.
Ketting Weller has served as vice president at WWU since 2002. During her 10 years of service, Ketting-Weller has led the academic program, hiring 40 percent of the current faculty. She has worked with presidents Jon Dybdahl and John McVay, and twice served short terms as acting president.
“Walla Walla University has been greatly blessed by the excellent and dedicated leadership that Dr. Ketting-Weller has given to the institution’s educational mission. We are indebted to her,” says John McVay, WWU president.
“I feel privileged to have worked with her,” says Lucy Krull, dean of the School of Nursing. “I knew that when I had a problem, I could count on her to listen, strategize with me and give her honest opinion of the right next steps.”
“Dr. Ketting-Weller has provided significant leadership during substantial transitions in administration, enrollment, accreditation, and academic policies,” says Scott Ligman, associate vice president for academic administration. “Her passion for students, colleagues, and excellence in Adventist higher education will be missed on our campus.
As vice president for academic administration, Ketting-Weller has overseen the development of a sabbatical policy and revision of the rank and tenure policy, both providing increased support for and focus on faculty research and scholarship. She participated in the development of the plans for the new administration building, oversaw the expansion of the School of Nursing, and assisted in planning for the relocation of the School of Social Work and Sociology to Winter Educational Complex.
With her support and advocacy, the minimum entrance GPA was raised, student retention increased with the implementation of the freshman mentoring program, and financial support for faculty development increased.
Ketting-Weller credits many of these accomplishments to a team of strong and capable leaders on campus. “I have been privileged to work with some people across the institution who are creative and willing to take risks and pursue change for the sake of the university’s future,” she says. “Our leadership team includes some wonderful colleagues who have been courageous enough to make the tough decisions that have put the university in a stronger financial and strategic position than we have enjoyed for a long time. These leaders are people of integrity, grace, grit and a great sense of humor. I shall miss them.”
Prior to her service at WWU, Ketting-Weller was a professor of education at Pacific Union College, where she was named Educator of the Year in 2000. She also worked in the K-12 Seventh-day Adventist educational system in Redlands, Calif., and Lincoln City, Ore.
Ketting-Weller is a 1985 Walla Walla University graduate. During her undergraduate years, she was in the honor studies program and also served as a student missionary.
She is married to Jim Weller, principal at Rogers Adventist School. They have three children and five grandchildren, all residing in southern California.
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