NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Dr. William "Bill" Beisel has been appointed director of Business and Community Services at Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia. Beisel replaces Pat Comanitz who retired in December 2012.

"With a career of more than 25 years in continuing studies, Bill brings extensive workforce development and contract training experience to our Business and Community Services Office," said Dr. Gregg Andrews, dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State Tuscarawas. "He also has valuable hands-on knowledge regarding continuing education and certification for various professions, and programming in areas such as business, leadership, quality process improvement, industrial maintenance, community development and allied health. Bill is an outstanding addition to our campus community."

Beisel's responsibilities include program development of open enrollment continuing education classes, management of the Advanced Technology Center, contract training, development of internal and external partnerships, director of the American Heart Association Regional Training Center and overseeing management of the Ohio Small Business Development Center.

Prior to coming to Kent State Tuscarawas, Beisel was director of Continuing Education at Lakeland Community College, where he was responsible for leadership of the department, including academic planning, operations, financial management, program development and business and community engagement. The department annually generated 10,000 participant enrollments and $1.5 million in revenue.

Beisel earned his Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Plattsburgh, and his master's and doctoral degrees from Penn State. He also holds certificates in management and leadership in education from Harvard University, and from Leadership Ashtabula. Beisel is a United States Air Force veteran, and a former New York certified volunteer firefighter.