Academic Deans

Jerald W. Chesser
Dean, College of Extended University

Jerald W. ChesserDr. Chesser is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and educator. He is the interim dean of the College of Extended University and International Center and a Professor at The Collins College of Hospitality Management, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Prior to entering academe and consulting he spent more than a decade in restaurant operations, including ownership of a successful restaurant and off-premise catering company.  He has taught at the high school, community college and university levels. Dr. Chesser’s consulting has included the Disney Development Company, Copeland of New Orleans, University of Alaska, National Restaurant Association, and American Culinary Federation. He teaches, researches, and consults in the areas of leadership, human resource development and the culinary arts. His publications include, The World of Culinary Supervision, Training, and Management, 4th edition and The Art and Science of Culinary Preparation.   

Dr. Chesser earned his doctorate in leadership at the University of Central Florida. He has earned certification by the National Restaurant Association as a Food Management Professional and the American Culinary Federation as an Executive Chef and Culinary Educator. 

Dr. Chesser has received numerous honors, including membership in the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s College of Diplomates, American Academy of Chefs and the ICHRIE Chef Herman Briethaupt and ACF Western Region Chef Educator of the Year awards.