Dr. Amardeep Kahlon
Dean of the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions
Dr. Kahlon is a nationally recognized leader in competency-based education (CBE) with a passion for innovation. With over two decades of experience in higher education, she is dedicated to delivering high-quality, equitable, robust, and flexible face-to-face and online programs focused on access and outcomes.
Her many previous roles include faculty, administrator, consultant, and researcher. She has rich experiences in working across the board — with industry, students, faculty, and other institutions of higher education. Further, she has provided consulting to both US and foreign institutions.
Dr. Kahlon spent a sabbatical year (2013-14) in India as the founding Dean of Academics at an emerging new university. She has presented at local, state, and international conferences, been invited to speak in different forums on the topic of CBE and innovation in higher education, and presented as a keynote speaker. In addition, her honors include being profiled as a top ten innovator by The Chronicle of Higher Education and various teaching excellence awards.
Prior to joining Unity College, Dr. Kahlon served as an Assistant Dean of Distance Learning and External Partnerships as well as the director of the Women in Technology Program at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. In addition, she has been a teaching professor for over two decades.
Kahlon earned a Master’s in Computer Science from Binghamton University and a doctorate in Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.
Dan Summers II
Executive Director of Student Life Cycle Management at the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions
Summers comes to America’s Environmental College with extensive expertise in higher education. His past work includes serving as Vice President and Dean of Admissions at Southern Vermont College. Most recently he was the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Hiram College in Ohio.
In his previous positions Summers contributed to the development of a new tuition model. He also improved student recruitment and retention by streamlining operations and has played a role in the launch of various online, low residency, and specialized certificate programs.
Summers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He is also an alumnus of the College Board’s Enrollment Leadership Academy.
Bethany Wright, LVT
Director of Veterinary Technology Program
Bethany Wright, LVT, cultivated her passion for animals on her family’s 5th generation dairy farm in Central Maine. After some life adventures and a few years of study, she landed at Colorado Mountain College where she earned an AAS degree in the Veterinary Technician program. She became licensed in both Maine and New York and went on to serve as a licensed veterinary technician as well as in multiple managerial positions in both states. “I knew I always wanted to advocate for animals even though we don’t speak the same language. My dad, a second-generation dairy farmer, advised me to pay attention to what the animal looks and feels like, because that is how they communicate. At a young age I didn’t quite understand, but over time I’ve developed the skills and knowledge to apply this life lesson in everything I do.”
She spent several years at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, starting with building the Sports Medicine and Rehab department and then organizing the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service. This included structuring and teaching veterinary student labs, writing, and presenting on several topics for continuing education, and performing dental work on the residents of The Belize Zoo in Belize. “Even after 22 years in the profession and a lifetime of animal care, I am still passionate about the work we as technicians do, we are the lifeline of the veterinary world! Without us the veterinary future is unclear, just like the polar bears and elephants. However, I am here to make the change that I want to see in the world.”
Her professional experiences include working with humans, large and small animals, birds, exotics, and wildlife. “I attended Unity College years ago and it wasn’t a fit for my educational needs because they didn’t have this program that I am about to develop with my team. Therefore, to have the opportunity to revisit an environment where most of my deepest friend seeds have been sown is beyond inspiring to me. I feel like a sapling that has just been released to the forest and look forward to sharing this enthusiasm along with my professional experience with the future veterinary technicians and beyond! Joining Unity College has brought my journey full circle.”
Bethany combines a holistic perspective with a professional and compassionate view of veterinary medicine based in sustainability. In her spare time, she enjoys the simplicity of activity through exploration and adventure, including the process of cultivating and harvesting food while practicing sustainability in its various forms.