Dr. James Zhang
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Dr. James Zhang, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, began his tenure as the chief academic officer at Kettering University in June 2014.
Zhang has been the Dean of The Kimmel School at Western Carolina University since 2012 and an Electrical Engineering faculty member at the university since 2003. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Hunan University, a master’s degree from Indiana University in Telecommunications and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University, both in Electrical Engineering. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications and holds seven U.S. and international patents.
“I am extremely excited to join Kettering University and work with the outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni,” Zhang said. “The University truly has a remarkable track record of producing exceptional graduates prepared to solve global challenges and excel in leadership positions in industry. I’m passionate about Kettering’s ability to harness the power of experiential learning and am committed to enhance Kettering’s endeavors to deliver a world class STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Business education to its students.”
Mr. Thomas W. Ayers
Vice President for Administration and Finance
Mr. Thomas W. Ayers, Vice President for Finance and Administration, joined Kettering in July 2012. He serves as Treasurer to the Board of Trustees and is head of all activities involving university finance including accounting, cashier’s office, payroll, purchasing and student accounts; Human Resources; and all areas of facility management including business operations, planning and construction management, campus maintenance and central receiving.
Mr. Ayers comes to Kettering University having most recently served as the Executive Vice President for Operations & Treasurer at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, which has been consistently ranked among the top ten regional colleges in the Midwest. He led the operational areas of accounting services, human relations, auxiliary services, physical plant and technology services. He was also responsible for leading the budgeting process and for the management of endowment investments. During his time at Huntington, the institution experienced significant enrollment growth and greater financial stability. Two highlights of his experience at Huntington were overseeing the construction of an 80,000 square-foot state-of-art undergraduate science hall and mentoring two of his staff to go on to serve as vice presidents at other private colleges.
Prior to Mr. Ayers' service at Huntington University, he served as Business Manager & Director of Personnel at Earlham College and as Director of Financial Aid at Taylor University.
Mr. Ayers earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Taylor University and later received both a master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration and a master’s of Business Administration from Ball State University.
The University Counsel directs the Office of University Counsel (OUC), reports to the President, and provides legal advice to the Board of Trustees, the President, administration and faculty and staff in their capacity as agents conducting University business on legal matters involving or affecting the institution.
The Office of University Counsel (OUC) serves as a liaison between the University and its related and affiliated entities in a variety of legal and policy areas and also advises the University administration on a broad range of initiatives, policy matters and issues, including those related to:
- Business Transactions & Contracts
- Information Technology & Security
- Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
- Real Estate
- Sponsored Programs & Research Compliance
- Academic & Student Affairs
The OUC provides managerial services with respect to program implementation as assigned by the President. It also provides administration and educational services for a wide range of audiences including internal training programs on legal and policy matters as well as educational programs outside the institution for legal and general audiences on matters affecting Kettering University and higher education in general. The OUC also engages in crisis and opportunity management and preventative counseling, including the identification of high-risk activities and enterprises conducted by the University and the development of strategies for coping with the risks.
The OUC does not provide legal services to faculty, staff or students in their personal matters, nor does it represent or advise employees with claims against the University. Students with personal legal issues should contact the Office of Student Life for assistance.
Vice President for Kettering Global Campus
The Vice President for Kettering Global Campus reports to the President and provides strategy, administration and management for online, corporate and continuing education at Kettering University.
The Kettering Global Campus (KGC) brings the Kettering brand to the world with online courses and trainings that employ interactive and immersive technology in the classroom. KGC serves the educational needs of students seeking degrees in business, science, technology, engineering and math who choose not to seek a residential campus experience but demand the high quality education Kettering University offers its students.
The focus of Kettering’s Global Campus includes online:
- Graduate Programs
- Corporate Training
- Continuing Education for Maintenance of Professional Engineering Licenses
- Undergraduate Programs
- Specialization Certificates
Kettering Global’s emphasis is on innovative approaches that meet the demands of STEM and business related jobs. According to a study by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, there are nearly 600,000 manufacturing jobs in the U.S. that are unfilled because the manufacturing sector cannot find people with the appropriate skill sets (U.S. News and World Report, 2012). Worldwide, the need for engineers to meet the demands of society in the future is estimated to be in the millions.
Desirable skills in business include critical thinking, complex problem solving, judgment and decision-making, knowledge of computers and electronics and active listening (Forbes, 2012). These are precisely the skills a Kettering degree will develop. KGC will meet the demand for these highly skilled and desired professionals through its quality online programs, degrees and certifications.
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Dr. LB McCune is the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students. His responsibilities include oversight of Co-Curricular Programs and Activities; Office of Multi-cultural Student Initiatives, the Wellness Center, Student Life Initiatives, Residence Life, Greek Life, Community Service and Recreational Services.
Prior to accepting his current position at Kettering, he served as the Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Initiatives, Associate Dean of Students and Chief Judicial Officer for the University.
His previous employment includes serving as Academic Dean of Students at Detroit College of Business and Davenport University. He also served as adjunct faculty at Baker College. Dr. McCune holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctoral Degree from Nova Southeastern University.