As the Executive Director, he is the Institute’s CEO and is responsible for the overall management of the Institute, including preparing and implementing the Institute’s budget; seeking grants and other funding; hosting both the Maddy Report (tv) and the Maddy Report – Valley Views Edition (radio & podcast) programs; publishing the Maddy Daily e-newsletter; coordinating the Institute’s Citizenship Academy and intern-scholar programs in Washington, D.C., Sacramento and political offices throughout the Central Valley; as well as organizing the Maddy Associates Speaker Series, forums and round table discussions and various training programs designed for government leaders.
In addition to his work at the Maddy Institute, Prof. Keppler is a labor-management arbitrator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and a civil rights mediator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has also served as a Judge Pro Tem with the Fresno County Superior Court.
Prior to joining the Maddy Institute, Prof. Keppler was the Director of Graduate Programs at the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno from 1998 through 2003. He continues to teach employment law, industrial relations and ethics at the Craig School. Before joining the Craig School in 1987, he was a labor-management attorney on the East Coast.
Prof. Keppler earned his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) with a major in business administration and a minor in economics from the State University of New York, as well as a master’s degree in industrial relations and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin.
His awards include the Clovis Citizen of the Year, California Department of Transportation Excellence In Transportation Award, Faculty Advisor of the Year (twice) from the Society for Human Resource Management – Region VI, Duncan Enterprises Faculty Award and the School of Business Faculty Award for Classroom Excellence.
He is currently the Chair of the Clovis Community Foundation.