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UTI Exton President

Robert “Bob” Kessler is a visionary leader creating and executing forward-thinking strategies, with more than two decades of experience in executive leadership roles. Kessler has been the Campus President for Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Exton, Pennsylvania, since 2010.

In 2012, Kessler was promoted to Regional Vice President of Operations for UTI. As Regional VP of Operations, Kessler manages leadership teams at UTI campuses in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Since taking on the role of UTI Exton Campus President, Kessler has led the campus to achieve an all-time high demand from regional employers for student graduates. Monthly average student enrollment at UTI Exton exceeds 1,000 students. For 3 consecutive years, Kessler has achieved an 88% average graduate employment rate versus the 78% industry average.

Kessler spearheaded a major Exton campus transformation, moving to a right-sized building to provide students with the ideal learning environment for UTI Exton’s Automotive, Diesel and Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training programs. As UTI Exton Campus President, Kessler manages 8 director-level reports and 150 indirect reports across all campus departments.

In 2018, UTI Exton received the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) Schools of Excellence award. The award is given to ACCSC-accredited institutions that demonstrate a high level of student achievement and commitment to the accreditation process.

UTI Exton’s Commitment to Students

Kessler is an active member of the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, connecting with employers and partners to create relationships that help students and future graduates. Through his work with this organization over the past 10 years, Kessler is at the forefront of employer demands, which help shape the curriculum and instruction at UTI Exton and the schools he works with as Regional VP of Operations.

Kessler constantly welcomes employers on the UTI Exton campus to observe instruction, meet with students and present employment openings.

UTI Exton gives students more opportunities to connect with Kessler and the UTI Exton administrative team, instructors and employers through the Perfect Attendance Challenge. Students who achieve perfect attendance in their first course are invited to a luncheon recognizing their achievement.

Kessler’s Philosophy on Trade School Education

Kessler says the benefits of trade school are clear. Students who are interested in the subject they’re learning receive the training for a clear path to an entry-level position in that field. Providing students with the opportunity to train in a field they enjoy is rewarding.

“The real difference with UTI is that we’re absolutely 100% focused on putting you in a great career,” Kessler says. “Other schools may be 100% focused on getting a student to graduation.

“The professionalism standards and soft skills compared with the technical skills is the main difference we offer compared to what colleges and universities offer,” Kessler continues. “I tell our parents and students at orientation, when you start here, you know you’re going to be an entry-level technician.

“There’s no uncertainty,” Kessler continues. “As long as you want it, you’re going to get a job in this field. With traditional 4-year students, there’s uncertainty about what you’re going to do and where you’re going to go.”

Kessler says when he began at UTI Exton in 2010, the school sent out graduates to interview. Today, it’s much more common for employers to come directly to the UTI Exton campus to find graduates to interview.

“The number of job offers for our graduates is outstanding,” Kessler says.

An Eye on the Future of UTI Exton

Kessler’s passion for working with students and helping them achieve success through UTI excites him for the future of UTI Exton and the campuses he works with.

Kessler’s vision for UTI Exton is to show a sense of caring and value for students, and to provide them with partners who can help them grow their careers in the automotive and diesel industries. As priorities change for new UTI generations, the school continues to evolve and meet emerging student needs.

The UTI Exton team prioritizes student recognition and support, which has had a direct positive impact on student retention and enrollment. Through Kessler’s leadership, the campus continues to introduce programs that support employers and the industries students plan to work in.

Meet Bob Kessler

Kessler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science from Moravian College, with a minor in Human Resources. His diverse professional industry background encompasses retail, distribution and manufacturing.

Prior to joining the UTI team, Kessler spent 5 years as Regional Director for Barnes & Noble and 10 years at Staples, including 5 years as Regional Vice President.

Kessler was born in 1965 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Colleen met in high school and have three kids, Tyler, Caitlin and Cam, and always have at least two Labrador retrievers in their family. Within the five members of the family, there are only six working kidneys. Tyler and Cam received donor kidneys from Kessler and his wife Colleen.

When he’s not working, Kessler is a baseball umpire for men’s and teens’ leagues. Over the past 15 years in this position, which he works with his son Tyler, Kessler says he has honed great discipline and listening skills that help him in his professional life.

Kessler enjoys hiking with his family and dogs and attending football games. Kessler and Tyler have been to every National Football League stadium in the United States. Kessler, Tyler and Cam have visited more than 45 different college football stadiums.

“Thank god for mileage programs,” Kessler says.

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