Ken Kettenbeil has joined UM-Dearborn as director of communications

March 19, 2010


DEARBORN / March 19, 2010---Ken Kettenbeil has been named director of communications at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Kettenbeil joined UM-Dearborn on March 1, after serving for nearly four years as the director of communications for smart USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group.  Kettenbeil also served as vice president of communications for the Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee and marketing manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.  

In his role at UM-Dearborn, Kettenbeil will be responsible for all aspects of the campus’s communications.  Specific responsibilities include the development of a strategic campus-wide communications plan, a focus on internal communication processes, media relations, crisis communication, publication oversight and support of the university’s four colleges and various departments and organizations.

“I am honored to have been selected to join the University of Michigan–Dearborn,” said Kettenbeil.  “I have held various leadership positions in both corporate and non-profit work environments.  My diverse work experiences will allow me to better serve the university and help communicate the incredible accomplishments being made everyday by faculty, students and staff.”

Kettenbeil earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at Wayne State University and is a native Detroiter who currently resides in Milford, Mich.  


About University of Michigan-Dearborn
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2009/2010 academic year. Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.



Ken Kettenbeil
Director of Communications
PHONE: 313-593-5518

Jennifer Thelen
Public Relations Representative
PHONE: 313-593-5644

The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn