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Dentistry Welcomes Mike Kessler as Senior Director of Development

June 2009

On June 1st, Mike Kessler was welcomed officially as the College of Dentistry’s Senior Director of Development.

Kessler is an Ohio native and an OSU alumnus who first worked for the university as a student fundraiser in the mid 1990's. After completing his bachelor's degree, he joined Ohio State as a Development Director in charge of all direct marketing activity in the Office of Annual Giving, which included telemarketing, direct mail initiatives, matching gift programs, and internet giving.

From that position Kessler transitioned into the President's Club office, where for the past three years he has served as the Director of Development for Northeast Ohio. In that role, he worked to engage and inform President's Club donors and to recruit new members from the Akron, Canton, Cleveland, and Youngstown areas. Other goals included helping members to explore their philanthropic interests with the university, as well as extending the President's Club experience beyond Central Ohio.

"Throughout my time working with the President's Club and meeting members in Northeast Ohio, I was always astounded that so many graduates of the College of Dentistry are involved philanthropically with this university,” Kessler said. “Dentistry alumni are such loyal OSU supporters that there were times when I felt as if I’d mistakenly shown up at a reception exclusively for dental graduates, rather than all Ohio State alumni. I'm thrilled to work with this group of people who are so connected to, interested in, and supportive of their alma mater and their profession. I look forward to capitalizing on that passion and loyalty shown by our alumni, and helping with the effort to transform this College into the best of its kind.”

Please welcome Mike Kessler to the College of Dentistry community, and feel free to contact him at kessler.63@osu.edu or call 614-293-0571.