Title: Global Development Education Professional
Company: George Mason University
Location: Gainesville, Virginia, United States
Gail Ellen Biery Kettlewell, Global Development Education Professional from George Mason University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in international post-secondary development as well as her leadership in preparing community college faculty for advanced degrees and career opportunities and advancement in many directions.
For example, highlights of Dr. Kettlewell’s career took place in several countries. The 3-year (2004-2007) Montenegro project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State prepared the University of Montenegro for its entrance into the European Union and an increase in partnerships with business and industry throughout the country. Leaders from other universities on the continent also had the opportunity to participate in the project.
The purpose of the University of Campinas, Brazil project was to bring the university and local businesses together to expand partnerships among the university, business and the community. Africa’s five-year Sierra Leone project from 2006-2011 culminated in a strategic plan for the development of a community-college system of four colleges. It was designed by members of the Sierra Leone communities working with local educators, community leaders, and the GMU teams and members of the Sierra Leone government. By his request, the plan is in the office of the current president, as of his request upon his election to the presidency in 2019.
On May 8, 2010, Dr. Kettlewell and the International Center for Education Management of Culture and the Arts received The Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award for Demonstrated Success in Laying Foundation for a system of International Community College Town Centers in Sierra Leone from the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA).
Dr. Kettlewell was named 1998 Person of the Year by the Manassas, VA Journal Messenger for her advancement of the area’s educational, technological and cultural environments. Dr. Kettlewell retired from George Mason University in 2012 after 52 very active years in the academic world. For most of those years, she has been an active pianist and organist.
Another highlight happened when she was in first grade, she read a storybook to her classmates and knew then that she could do whatever she put her mind to. Dr. Kettlewell began her education at Muskingum College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1961. From there she went on to receive a Master of Arts from Old Dominion University in 1973 and a Doctorate of Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1985.
Dr. Kettlewell began her career as a librarian with the Knox County Library from 1961 to 1962. From there, she began her career in education by starting out as a teacher with the Portsmouth Public School in 1962 until 1968 and then again from 1970 to 1972. In 1968, she became a teacher at Fairfax County Public Schools, where she remained until 1970. After Dr. Kettlewell’s time with public schools she moved on to the next level becoming an associate professor at Tidewater Community College in 1974, staying until 1983. For the next six years, she held the position of vice-chancellor at Southern Arkansas University of Technology. In 1990, Dr. Kettlewell became the provost of Northern Virginia Community College, where she remained until 2002. In 2002, she earned a role with George Mason University as the director of the Higher Education Program. She remained with George Mason University until 2012, holding the roles of research professor, director of International Post-secondary Development and principal of the International Center of Arts, Culture and Education. Upon leaving George Mason University, she became the board of director’s chair for the LEAD Foundation, a position she holds to this day.
As a testament to her success, Dr. Kettlewell has been inducted as a member of various esteemed organizations including Daughters of the American Revolution, National Association of Female Executives, American Association of University Women and Delta Kappa Gamma to name a few. Dr. Kettlewell received a Community Service Award from Portsmouth, Virginia and has been listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.
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