President & CEO for the Institute for Shipboard Education
Semester at Sea Board of Trustees Committees:
- Strategic Planning
- Business: Dr. Ransdell was named the ninth president of Western Kentucky University on September 12, 1997 after serving four years as Vice President for Administration and Advancement and seven years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Dr. Ransdell became Director of Alumni Relations at Southern Methodist University in 1981, a position he held until 1987 when he was named the Vice President at Clemson.
- Education: Gary received his Bachelor’s degree from WKU in Mass Communications, a Master of Public Service Degree in Public Administration and a Doctor of Education Degree from Indiana University.
- SAS Connection: Friend of Semester at Sea since 2013.