Meet the Vice Provost
Dean R. Kahler joined University of Idaho as the Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management October 17, 2016. He serves as the university's lead in enrollment marketing, recruitment and retention efforts and truly enjoys serving students who are interested in attending college. During his tenure, the U of I became a member of the Coalition for College network focusing on college accessibility and affordability.
Kahler came to U of I from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he served as Vice Chancellor. He has worked with Navitas Ltd. where he established a Pathway Program for international students. He has been the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Western Kentucky University. During his career he has provided leadership for offices such as Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Academic Advising and Retention, First Year Programs, International Programs, Transfer Student Services, Veterans Affairs, Study Abroad, Student Disability Support Services and TRiO Programs. He frequently presents to audiences on the importance of higher education and how to afford college.
Dean has a Ph.D. and a M.P.A. from Southern Illinois University. His undergraduate degree in Sociology: Criminal Justice was received from Winona State University. Dean has served on various professional committees including Ruffalo Noel Levitz Enrollment Advisory Board, SACRAO’s Editorial Journal Review Board, both the Kentucky and Arkansas ACT Advisory Councils, AACRAO’s Admissions Policies and Practices Committee, was President for KACRAO (Kentucky) and the Board of Directors for the EAST Initiative. He has presented at conferences and written on various topics throughout his career in higher education.
Dean lives in Moscow, Idaho with his wife Michelle and their son Alexander.
Ph.D., M.P.A., Southern Illinois University
Bachelor's degree, Sociology: Criminal Justice, Winona State University