Klein was selected from a field of 20 applicants, said Diane Melby, director of advancement at Shepherd.
The new school will open in August for the fall semester at 261 Aikens Center, a three-story vacant building off Edwin Miller Boulevard. Shepherd is leasing half of the building.
“We’ll be using two-and-a-half floors on the right side,” Melby said.
The center will have classrooms, faculty and student lounges, study rooms, offices, information-technology systems and support space. Its evening and weekend class schedules will be designed for adult students juggling careers and family responsibilities.
Its course offerings include undergraduate education and regents bachelor of arts degrees. Master’s degree programs include courses in business, health care and public administration, plus curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on special education, according to a press release from the university.
Students will learn online and face to face in classroom settings, Klein said.
Among Klein’s duties will be directing daily operations, scheduling, curriculum, recruiting faculty, student enrollment and marketing. He will work with industry representatives to identify academic programs to train prospective employees.
“My background is in admissions, marketing, work-force development and operations,” Klein said.
Melby said Klein was selected for his organizational skills and expertise working with continuing-education programs.
Klein worked for Kaplan University for 10 years. During his tenure, he expanded or created 14 campuses. He was in charge of budgeting and training and supervised a staff of 50 employees.
He is a former director of the Hagerstown YMCA.