James W. Klein, of Greencastle, Pa., has been named director of Shepherd University's Martinsburg Center.
Klein will oversee daily operations including scheduling, facility operations, planning, marketing, enrollment and delivery of the new Martinsburg Center's educational services. He will work directly with students, faculty and industry stakeholders to plan and execute academic programs and services. Klein, who will be working from a temporary Martinsburg location through spring 2013, will partner with the community to identify the classes most needed by area businesses to be included in future course offerings at the Martinsburg Center.
"With his experience in developing educational centers in higher education, Jim Klein is an outstanding choice to serve as the first director of the Martinsburg Center," said Dr. Diane Melby, interim vice president for academic affairs at Shepherd. "He brings just the right blend of skills and experience to get Shepherd's new center up and running smoothly."
Shepherd's new center, located in the new Berkeley Commons building at 261 Aikens Center just off Edwin Miller Boulevard, is designed to serve adult learners who are juggling career and family. Shepherd's Martinsburg Center will offer courses in education and the popular credit-for-experience degree, the Regents Bachelor of Arts. Master's program offerings will include courses in the M.B.A., with concentrations in accounting, health care administration, and public administration and courses in the M.A. program in curriculum and instruction with emphasis on special education.
Klein spent a decade with Kaplan University, where he most recently served as the regional director for seven years. He led the expansion and creation of new campus locations, growing the locations from two to 14 during his tenure and managing a staff of 50. In addition to training admissions advisors and managing site director performance, he was responsible for budgeting and meeting monthly goals. While at Kaplan he also served as an admissions advisor and sales director.
Prior to working at Kaplan, he served as inside sales representative for Phoenix Mecano, Inc., Frederick, Md.; general manager of Air-Tech Products, Inc., Hagerstown, Md.; and program director for the Hagerstown YMCA.
Klein earned an associate of arts in general studies from Hagerstown Community College and a bachelor of science in business administration from Kaplan University.