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New KPC Kachemak Bay Campus director announced

By: Advancement


Dr. Reid Brewer, pictured here in scuba gear, has been selected and approved to become the next Kenai Peninsula College Kachemak Bay Campus director, replacing long time director, Carol Swartz. He will start June 3, 2019. An interim director will be named in the near future who will serve in that role Dec. 3, 2018-June 10, 2019.

KPC conducted a national search bringing three finalists in late September to KBC for all day interviews and meetings with KBC faculty, staff, students, KBC Advisory Board, and the public. 

Brewer is presently the department chair for the School of Career Education for the University of Alaska Southeast, but operating from the UAS Sitka Campus. He is also a full professor and serves as the Program Director for Fisheries Technology for UAS.

He received his Ph.D. and master’s of science degrees in marine biology both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and received his B.S. in environmental science/systems engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served as a helicopter pilot and platoon leader in the U.S. Army from 1995-1999. 

Brewer is very familiar with KBC as he works with faculty and staff in his current role. He has spent a great deal of time collaborating and conducting research in the Homer area, including spending three summers at the Kasitsna Bay Lab near Seldovia and working with various Homer-based organizations. He spent nine years working for UAF as the first ever Alaska Sea Grant agent in the Aleutian Islands and has served UAS for six years with the Fisheries Technology program.

“Reid brings the right experience, knowledge and familiarity with the Homer area to lead KBC into the future. We are very excited to welcome him to the KPC family and look forward to him starting in June,” said Gary J. Turner, KPC director.

Check out Dr. Brewer's resume!