Leadership Profile

Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees Select New Chair

Rear Admiral David P. KellerRear Admiral David P. Keller, Supply Corps, USN (retired) is the recently elected Chair of the Board of Trustees at Cedar Crest College. Keller succeeds Susan Everitt Hudgins ’64 who served the College as its Chair from 2009-2014. His role, along with other board members and President Ambar, will be to ensure a thriving and vibrant institution for tomorrow while maintaining its core tradition as a women’s college.

“I’m a strong supporter of women’s education,” said Keller. “During my military career I saw firsthand the immense value women bring to leadership positions. They are enormously talented, and, in my opinion, are too often over utilized and undervalued. When I was first approached to serve as a member of the board, and saw the mission of Cedar Crest - educating the next generation of women leaders – it was an easy decision for me to make. Not only do I strongly agree, but I’m an unwavering proponent as well.”

Originally from the Lehigh Valley, Keller earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Muhlenberg College and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. Shortly after graduating from Muhlenberg, Keller decided to join the Navy and found a position within the Navy’s Supply Corps. Originally believing his work with the Navy would last a few short years, it ultimately turned into a successful 30 year career, working in logistics and financial management, and eventually earning him the rank of Rear Admiral.

After retiring from the Navy in 2001, Keller went to work for the Logistics Management Institute, a non-profit organization that provides management consulting, research and analysis to governments and other nonprofit organizations. Keller ran their supply chain management consulting practice from 2001 to 2010. He then decided to retire, and with his wife moved back to the Lehigh Valley.

When approached with the opportunity to join Cedar Crest’s board, Keller not only connected to the College’s mission of educating women, but also said he appreciated its dedication to educating adult learners and its foundation in the liberal arts. Now entering his fourth year as a board member, Keller said that he sees a bright future for the College.

“I can’t tell you how many strategic plans I’ve seen throughout my career,” he said. “I’m so impressed with the way Cedar Crest's plan was developed with parties all across campus involved and the enormous progress the institution continues to make in executing those plans. It’s a great vision for the future. It excited me when I came here and continues to excite me.”

Keller is an Emeritus Volunteer Trustee for The Navy Marine Coast Guard Resident Foundation, a member of the Audit Committee for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and a former member of the Navy Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. He also currently works as an adjunct professor in Muhlenberg College’s Wescoe School.