David W. Keller Ph.D., ’07

Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership

Prior to coming to Texas A&M, Dr. Keller completed a noteworthy 20+ year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he directed all cadet character, ethics, and leadership programs at the United States Air Force Academy, including more than 120 annual seminars and the overseeing the Academy’s acclaimed National Character & Leadership Symposium.  He also served as the Deputy Vice Commandant of the Air Force Academy, where he led many of the Academy’s organizational culture & climate change efforts, to include guiding the nation’s largest collegiate peer education team.  

In 2009-2010, Dr. Keller served as the senior U.S. advisor to the Iraqi Air Force Academy in Baghdad, working side-by-side with Iraqi leaders to rebuild the Iraqi military.  He later guided the efforts of U.S. Air Force personnel across 7 locations in Iraq, and was one of the principle authors of the initial U.S. drawdown strategic plan.  

Dr. Keller taught leadership and character development courses for both the Air Force Academy and Texas A&M.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Human Behavior & Leadership from the Air Force Academy, and a Master’s in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from St Mary’s University in San Antonio.  He earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M, where his primary research focused on moral and ethical development of leaders.