Vice President, Finance and Operations
Pat Kessel joined Interlochen in 1991 as controller. In 2004 he became vice president of finance and in 2010-2013 he added the responsibility of leading Interlochen's advancement department. Prior to coming to Interlochen, Pat held several positions in audit and accounting at Archer Daniels Midland and Sara Lee Corporation/Chef Pierre. In addition to overseeing all accounting and finance functions, Pat oversees the campus engineer on building projects and he supervises retail and lodging services.
Pat has a B.S. in accounting from Illinois State University. He is active in the community, treasurer of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, has been president and treasurer of his neighborhood association, a leader at his church and a volunteer at Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City. Pat's daughter Jody is a 2008 Interlochen Arts Academy graduate where she studied theatre, and performer in the recent Shakespeare Festival. His daughter Allie has attended Interlochen Arts Camp for three years and graduated from the Academy in 2015.