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Inaugural Keynote Speaker

page_images/WilliamKeppler.jpgWilliam J. Keppler

Dr. William J. "Bill" Keppler, recently retired as the President Emeritus of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon for six years after serving fifteen years as the inaugural Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Florida International University, the state urban institution in Miami. Dr. Keppler holds the BS degree in Zoology and Chemistry with honors from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, and the MS in and PhD in Genetics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While on a sabbatical leave, he earned a certificate in Public Health Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2009, the faculty of the National College of Natural Medicine awarded Dr. Keppler an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for his "extraordinary leadership in achieving full institutional accreditation and restoring financial stability to the College."

A long time senior evaluator and trainer for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Dr. Keppler has chaired or been a site team evaluator at more than thirty colleges and universities. He has also served as an evaluator for the NCAA, CCE, ACAOM, and CMNE chairing many teams for these professional accrediting organizations.

Dr. Keppler is a life long birder who worked as a naturalist and field guide for the Tropical Audubon Society in the Everglades National Park. Currently, he is the Vice President of the Seattle Audubon Society and has seen 437 species of avifauna in North America. He and his wife, Ann, retired and live in Edmonds, Washington, twenty miles north of Seattle on Puget Sound near the Olympic National Park.