Schwab Named New President

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia

Names New President


Dr. Kenneth Schwab, former Centenary College president, brings 40 years of education experience to top anesthesia school


Nashville, Tenn.– The Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA), the only independent and regionally accredited single purpose institution dedicated to educating Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), has named Kenneth L. Schwab, Ed.D., as president. Dr. Schwab, who has served as MTSA’s interim president since May 2010, will be the third person to lead the school in that role.


“We are grateful that Dr. Schwab will join the MTSA family as our next president,” said Steven R. Dickerson, M.D., chairman of MTSA’s board of trustees. “In the five months as interim president, Dr. Schwab has drawn from his unparalleled higher education experience to engage leadership at both the institutional and board level, which is essential for MTSA to excel. We welcome Dr. Schwab as he joins the storied 60-year history of one of the top anesthesia schools in the country.”


Prior to MTSA, Dr. Schwab served as president emeritus and professor at Centenary College of Louisiana. He also was president and chief executive officer of Centenary College for nearly two decades.


“I am honored to be selected as the next leader at MTSA, a school that stands for academic and clinical excellence taught with a faith-based perspective,” Dr. Schwab said. “This is an opportunity to shape the future of a unique institution that respects its deep roots in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I have truly enjoyed getting to know the MTSA trustees, leadership team, staff, faculty, students and alumni, and I look forward to working with them in the future.”


Before joining Centenary College, Dr. Schwab held the positions of executive vice president for administration and executive assistant to the president for institutional planning at the University of South Carolina, where he also taught courses in education. Previously, he served in educational and administrative positions at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. Dr. Schwab is a member of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, a position he has held since 2004.


Dr. Schwab earned his doctorate degree in higher education administration, counseling and psychology from Indiana University, a master’s degree in education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.


About Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia

The Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia provides a Christian, Seventh-day Adventist learning environment that fosters the pursuit of truth, excellence in anesthesia practice, and a life of service, to supply needed anesthesia providers in Nashville, Middle Tennessee, the Central South, and nationally.  A leader in academic and professional excellence, MTSA is responsive to the needs of its constituents, providing affordable graduate education for students from diverse backgrounds.  For more information, visit

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