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Paul Kessler

Paul Kessler



Michael L. Faust Center for Alumni and Friends


660.562.1990 (fax)



  • MS Accounting, University of Illinois, 1995
  • BS Accounting, Illinois State University, 1993
  • BS Business Administration, Illinois State University, 1993


I joined Northwest’s Office of University Advancement in July 2021.  Prior to that I spent almost 20 years in Central Illinois working as a business analyst and senior accountant.  Most of that time was at Caterpillar where my focus was on budgeting and financial statement analysis.  I currently serve as the Accountant for the Northwest Foundation, Inc.

My family moved to Maryville in 2019 when my wife, Dr. Cynthia Schairer-Kessler, accepted a position as an Assistant Professor with the School of Education.  We have two sons Billy and Joey.  Billy is a freshman at Maryville High School and Joey is in 6th grade at Horace Mann.

In my spare time I enjoy golf, fishing in my kayak, playing guitar and gardening.  We purchased the Robinson House at 623 W. 3rd street in the fall of 2019 and are enjoying old home living!