Western Announces Dean Of Health And Public Safety

Western Technical College announced Thursday the selection of Kevin Dean as the college’s dean of the Health and Public Safety division.

Dean’s career in public safety spans nearly 30 years. He previously served first as an adjunct instructor for Emergency Medical Services and then as Western’s associate dean of Health and Public Safety, overseeing the Fire Technician, Law Enforcement 720 Academy, and Criminal Justice programs since 2017. Prior to Western, he served in the healthcare industry as an emergency department and trauma coordinator for rural hospitals, managing all aspects of the department. Throughout his career, Dean has remained a first responder for local communities. 

“We had a very strong pool of candidates from which to choose,” said Western Vice President of Academics Kat Linaker. “Kevin brings a great deal of experience from his previous position at Western, and we know he will help improve student learning outcomes within our Health and Public Safety division.”

“I truly believe education is the cornerstone to success,” said Dean. “The technical college system is credited for so many individual and career success stories, and I hope to continue that tradition in my new role.”

Dean completed his Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter certifications through Southwest Technical College in Fennimore, Wis. He then completed his Paramedic technical diploma through Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wis. Later, he completed his bachelor’s degree at UW-Oshkosh, and his Master of Business Administration degree from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.