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DCC Board of Trustees Names Dr. Keith P. Keeran Interim President

The Dallas Christian College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the interim appointment of Dr. Keith P. Keeran as President of the College. Dr. Keeran’s primary role will be to maintain the operational integrity of the College and its mission while facilitating the transition between outgoing President Dusty Rubeck and DCC’s forthcoming presidential appointment. DCC’s Board Chair, Paul Diaz of Austin, TX, said, “Dr. Keeran is an experienced higher education leader with an international profile among faith-based colleges and universities. He is no stranger to Dallas Christian College, having served as a trustee for nearly six years and more recently as chair of the Presidential Search Committee. We are grateful for Dr. Keeran’s willingness to accept an interim appointment as President of the College during DCC’s presidential transition.

 Dr. Keith P. Keeran is the Chancellor and a Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Communication at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky, where he served as President for 22 years. In addition to his long record of effective administrative leadership, Dr. Keeran has 17 years of full time teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the disciplines of Rhetorical Criticism, Communication, Organizational Leadership, Homiletics, Biblical Studies, and History.

Dr. Keeran holds degrees from Kentucky Christian University (BA, ThB), Abilene Christian University (MA), and Michigan State University (PhD). He is the founder of Commonwealth International University in Simferopol, Crimea – recently annexed from Ukraine by the Russian Federation. Dr. Keeran also serves as the Executive Director of the International Alliance of Christian Colleges and Universities, a non-profit funding organization for faith-based institutions in underdeveloped and developing countries. He has broad professional experience in higher education accreditation, having served as President of the Association for Biblical Higher Education for 3 years, and a member of the seven-member Board of Commissioners of the Council On the Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation in Washington DC for 6 years (now known as CHEA, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.)

 Dr. Keeran also has a long history of service with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, having served for many years as a Commissioner/Trustee, as chair of the Commission’s Compliance and Reports Committee, and as the accreditation committee chair for 35 institutional reaffirmation and special committee visits. He was recognized in 2012 for outstanding leadership and meritorious service to the Commission on Colleges and continues to chair accreditation teams assigned by the Commission to review member and candidate institutions.

 Keith and his wife Topsy have three children and 7 grandchildren. They are active in the Oak Grove Church of Christ in Grayson, KY, as well as Community Christian Church in Tamarac, FL, their winter home. 

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