Dr. G. Timothy Kavel, former vice president and campus director for Delaware Technical Community College, was inducted into the Owens Campus Hall of Fame April 16.
The honor was bestowed in recognition of Kavel’s 38 years at Delaware Tech and his legacy of excellence that continues to positively affect students, faculty and staff at the college as well as the community. His unwavering commitment to student success at the college began in 1968, when he started as a placement counselor and continued through his tenure as vice president and campus director from 1995 until 2004.
After completing his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Lock Haven State University, Kavel began his career as a secondary school teacher and counselor. Three years later he received his master’s degree in education from Western Maryland College, and in 1995 completed his doctoral degree in education at Wilmington College (now Wilmington University). During his career at Delaware Tech, he served as a counselor, coordinator, director of development, dean of development, and ultimately vice president and campus director.
As campus director he was responsible for major improvements to the Owens Campus. Under his leadership, the physical plan of the campus was expanded and beautified. He led the effort to build the Student Services Center, designed to be a consolidated center that now houses a dining hall, meeting places for student activities, financial aid offices and counselors’ offices.
Kavel also worked to upgrade and renovate various buildings on the campus, including the Jason Technology Center, the original building that housed the college when it opened to students in 1967.
He had a passion for maintaining the grounds of the campus. He raised private funds for the enhancement of the grounds, a new entrance and outdoor furniture.
He also had extraordinary enthusiasm for international partnerships. During his tenure with the college, he led efforts that resulted in Delaware Tech projects in Peru, Taiwan, Mexico and Indonesia.
Kavel was an active member of the community. He served as president and board member of various community and civic organizations, including Children and Families First, Partners of the Americas-Delaware Chapter, Kiwanis Club, Sussex Tech School District, Western Boys & Girls Club, Seaford School District, Seaford Golf and Country Club, Return Day Committee and Morning Star Publications.
He has also served as a consultant for community colleges throughout the world, including schools in Panama, Guatemala and Saudi Arabia.
He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Deanna, for 50 years. Their son Christopher and his wife Rebecca are parents to the couple’s grandchild, Jenna.