Kettering College has tapped a veteran educator — and whose family has nearly a three-century relationship with the Seventh-day Adventist Church — to lead its 47-year-old medical program.
Nate Brandstater was named Monday as the school’s seventh president to replace Alex Bryan, who has been on the job since June 2013 and leaves at the end of this school year to become senior pastor of the Walla Walla University Church in College Place, Wash.
Brandstater, 44, most recently was the associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at California’s La Sierra University, where he also was an associate professor of chemistry and accreditation liaison officer, the college announced. Besides his administration roles, he served as a member of La Sierra’s faculty senate and worked on its academic affairs committee.
“We are pleased to welcome Nate Brandstater to Kettering College,” said Roy Chew, chair of the Kettering College Board of Directors and president of Kettering Medical Center.
“Under Nate’s leadership, Kettering College will continue to develop outstanding curriculum and programs to help our graduates meet the needs of today’s health care environment. Nate understands and embraces the Kettering tradition of innovation. This is the beginning of an exciting era in the history of Kettering College.”
A native of rural Ontario, Canada, Brandstater received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Occidental College in Los Angeles, a master’s degree in financial management from La Sierra University, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UCLA in 1996. Prior to La Sierra, he was an assistant professor of chemistry at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.
The profile listed on La Sierra’s website noted that Brandstater’s “research interests are in physical chemistry and he currently is working with the proton beam at Loma Linda (University) as well as other collaborations to look at some biological molecules.”
Brandstater’s wife, Ronda, is a registered nurse who most recently served as director of patient care at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California, and interim director of the Loma Linda International Heart Institute, according to Kettering College.
Brandstater’s family has had a long affiliation with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which owns and operates Kettering University. His father is Dr. Murray Brandstater, a noted physician at the church-owned Loma Linda University Medical Center.
His grandfather, Roy Brandstater, migrated his family from Germany to Australia in the 1800s where he became a popular pastor and evangelist in Tasmania. The family opened the Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra in 1984 to honor Roy and his wife, Frances.
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