Joseph Kertes spent his entire professional career in higher education. Until the time of his retirement in 2008, he served as the Vice President and Dean of Students at Chapman University. In this capacity, he was responsible for the co-curricular services and activities that support the university’s educational mission. To that end, he oversaw the Student Life team which comprised of the directors and their respective staffs of the following areas: the Career Development Center, Housing and Residence Life, Public Safety & Parking, Student Employment, the Student Health Center, Student Psychological Counseling, the Office of Student Activities. In this capacity, he also administered the Student Conduct system and also served as the university liaison to the university bookstore and Chapman Dining Services.
Prior to coming to Chapman University in 1992, Joe was employed at the University of Southern California from 1973 where, among other responsibilities, he created and coordinated academic programs in Psychobiology, Peace and Conflict Studies and Environmental Studies and operated the Student Affairs “branch office” in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. There, he assisted students in resolving unique and unusual personal, academic and financial problems.
Joe received his undergraduate degree in psychology from UCLA and continued in the same discipline at the graduate level at Cal State University, Los Angeles. He then transferred to USC where he earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. In 1976, he received a license in Marriage & Family Therapy and had, until coming to Chapman, maintained a small private practice in psychotherapy. He had also received mediation training from Dispute Resolution Services through the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
An avocational musician, Joe plays in several musical groups including a 50’s and 60’s rock band, chamber music ensembles, and the Pasadena Community Orchestra. He has also played in a number of ethnic folk music groups. He is an avid road cyclist, and enjoys hiking and spending time on the computer.
In retirement, Joe volunteers at Descanso Gardens, sits as a member of its volunteer advisory board and serves as a board member of the Pasadena Community Orchestra.
Joe and his wife Trish are the proud parents of two grown children and have one grandchild.