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Dean's Council

The Deans Council provides advocacy, professional expertise, community leadership and financial support to assist Dean Hale in accomplishing the stated mission of the College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Council members are alumni, community members and prominent professionals who value written expression and collaborative research in a liberal arts and sciences setting.

Our current members include:

Dr. Shanelle Fields, '02


After completing high school, Dr. Shanelle Fields matriculated to the College of Charleston and received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Secondary English Education. Her first job was teaching in Charleston County School District and she has been educating students for 15 years.  Continuing her love of knowledge, she furthered her education at the Citadel Military College of SC and earned a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education. It is at this point that she found her calling of helping others find solutions to their problems. After her Master’s Degree was completed, she began working as a Professional School Counselor and found her niche.

Even with a busy three-year old, Dr. Fields found the time to complete a lifelong dream, and on March 15th, 2014, she completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Studies from Capella University. Presently, Dr. Fields is working on her LPC to practice counseling outside of the school. She attributes this accomplishment to God, her family, and a host of many others who encouraged her along the way.

Dr. Fields truly believes in the impact that education can make.

Linda Ketner


Linda Ketner is President of KSI, a firm specializing in strategic planning, leadership and management development.  Begun in 1980, KSI's client list includes:  General Foods, Rotary International, U.S. Department of Education, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Society for Fundraising Executives and over 300 other corporate, non - profit, education and government organizations. 

Linda holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;  M.A. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; and worked toward her unfinished Ph.D. at both Duke (where she received an Angier B. Duke Fellowship) and Emory Universities.

Prior to co-founding KSI, Ketner was Director of Organization Development for Food Lion Stores, responsible for New Product Design with the Center for Creative Leadership and Manager of Organization Development for Smith Kline Corporation.  Ms. Ketner ran for the United States Congress in 2008 and narrowly lost against a four term incumbent with over 48% of the vote.  She has been adjunct professor at UNC-G and the College of Charleston.

Active in her community, she has served as President of The Coastal Community Foundation, President of Charleston Crisis Ministry (180 Place), Chair and Founder of the Mayor's Council On Homelessness and Affordable Housing, President and Founder of Alliance for Full Acceptance, Chair of the S.C. Housing Trust Fund, Chair and Founder of South Carolina Citizens For Housing, Chair of South Carolina Equality Coalition, Chair for Hugo Relief Fund Allocations.  She is serving, or has served, on the boards of Hollings Cancer Center, Health Sciences Foundation, Riley Institute of Public Policy, College of Charleston‘s Women and Gender Studies as well as the President’s Diversity Review Committee, SC Palmetto Project and the YWCA of the USA.  Having established the Women’s Fund, Ketner Fund and Fund for Social Justice, she oversees grants to community organizations working for solutions to community problems.

Ms. Ketner is a Renaissance Weekend Participant, Leadership America graduate and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Columbia College.  She has been honored with the following Awards:  national Salute to Citizenship, South Carolina Woman of Valor, South Carolina Housing Achievement, the Coastal Community Foundation Malcolm D. Haven Award for Community Service,  S.C.H.A. Woman of the Year,  Palmetto Project and Victory Fund  Leadership Award, Girl Scout Woman of Distinction , YWCA Lifetime Achievement, Center for Women  Foundation Award,  the Urban League Arthur J. Clement Award For Race Relations and the NAACP, J. Arthur Brown Award for Outstanding Service and also Friend of Distinction.

Captain Victor M. Ott, '85


Starting as a Surface Warfare Officer in San Diego, Vic’s nearly 30 year career in the Navy has in addition to San Diego led him to Tampa, Pensacola, Corpus Christi, Newport, Vicenza, Italy and Washington D.C.  In June, the Captain left his post as Deputy Director for Intelligence, Plans and Resource Integration at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and assumed the position of Associate Professor at the National War College in the Strategy and Policy Department.  Vic specializes in Foreign Policy, International Relations, International Engagement Strategy and Foreign Defense Trade.  

A U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, he has managed aviation assets worldwide for U.S Special Operations Command.  Vic followed his father’s footsteps in joining the Navy and has since earned the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal,Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal. Vic transferred to College of Charleston after one year at Clemson. As a student, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and lived in the fraternity house.  Despite being a School of Business graduate, Vic credits his history classes as instrumental in preparing him for his future with the Navy.  In addition to graduating from College of Charleston, Vic earned an M.A. in National Affairs and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College.