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RCC-Warsaw gains experienced counselor

Warsaw Counselor - D. Keel

Warsaw Counselor - D. Keel

“I enjoy watching students who are nervous about their ability to do well learn that through working hard, and utilizing the resources that RCC has to offer, they can succeed in college,” says David Keel, who recently joined the staff of RCC’s Warsaw Campus Counseling Center with the title of counselor and assistant professor.

Keel introduces students to the degree and certificate programs at RCC that can help them to achieve their personal and professional goals, and assists them in selecting a program of study and registering for classes, before they are assigned a faculty advisor. Students experiencing personal problems that may interfere with their academic work can also count on his help. In addition, as the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for the Warsaw campus, Keel makes arrangements for students who need special accommodations to help them perform to the best of their capabilities.

Keel holds the degrees of bachelor of science in horticulture from Virginia Tech and master of education in counselor education from North Carolina State University, and is currently working to complete his doctorate in counseling at the College of William and Mary. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia, with over seven years of clinical experience with college students, as well as being a nationally certified counselor (NCC). Since 1999 he has been employed in the field of higher education, serving as an adjunct instructor for counseling courses both at the College of William and Mary and at Virginia Commonwealth University.

For the last nine years Keel has worked extensively in alcohol education with fraternities and sororities (he is himself a brother of Pi Kappa Phi), focusing on helping students to learn and implement harm-reduction strategies. In 2005, after leaving a position at the University of Richmond, he began providing mental health services to students as a clinical intern in Christopher Newport University’s Office of Counseling Services, moving up to staff counselor in 2007 and assistant director in 2008. He also served as vice-chair of the Wesley Foundation Board (the United Methodist campus ministry) at the College of William and Mary.

Keel grew up in Virginia Beach, where he attained Eagle status in the Boy Scouts of America. In his spare time, he says, “I enjoy gardening, woodworking, and anything that provides an opportunity to be outside.”

4 Responses to “RCC-Warsaw gains experienced counselor”

  1. Gloria Savage-Early says:

    David, You are a wonderful addition to the counseling department.

  2. Holly Carter says:

    We are all very fortunate to have Dave here.

  3. Carrie says:

    Congrats to RCC on gaining a tremendous counselor!!

  4. David – a big welcome. I’m President of the Westmoreland Players Theatre in Callao. We are a non-profit community theatre and are always looking for young people who want to get into theatre arts and build their resumes. Please accept two comp tickets to our next production, ‘Proof’, which speaks to the problemns of young women in the sciences. Please call 529=9345 to book your evening. Tell box office you are my guests. See our website Best regards, Brian Tilbury

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