Southern Welcomes David Kommer as its new Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College welcomes Dr. David Kommer as its new Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Kommer was raised in Los Angeles, Calif., and spent 10 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District. He moved to Ohio in 1995 and began working as an assistant professor of education for Ashland University. He retired in 2016, but, as he has said, “I learned retirement was a job I didn’t enjoy.”

“After four decades in education, I know for sure that education is a reliable path to personal and economic success,” Dr. Kommer said. “I also know that education changes rapidly, with more distance and online classes. The challenge is for education to maintain a personal touch. That’s the key to teaching, even if students may not be in the same room. It is my hope to work with the talented faculty and staff at Southern to bring this new era of learning to a reality.”

“Dr. Kommer brings with him a wealth of knowledge, and a vast cache of experience – having taught everything from private schools to inner-city schools.” Southern’s President, Dr. Robert Gunter, said. “He will give us a unique perspective as Southern continues to traverse through ever-changing technology and educational needs in our local community. I look forward to working with him to help our college – and our community – grow.”

Dr. Kommer earned his Doctor of Education degree from Pepperdine University. He and his wife, Cookie, are the proud parents of four children, 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.