Ken Kettenbeil is the Vice Chancellor for External Relations at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is responsible for government relations and communications and marketing.
His communications and marketing responsibilities include internal and external communications, website, advertising and branding at the university. His government relations responsibilities include representing the university in dialogues with federal, state and local governments, and presenting the university's position in current and proposed legislation.
Prior to joining UM-Dearborn Ken served as the director of communications for smart USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group. He also served as the vice president of communications for the Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee and marketing manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Ken earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at Wayne State University and has completed graduate courses at Michigan State University. He attended Bishop Borgess High School in Redford Township. He lives in Milford with his wife Kelley and son Ian.