Kevin R. Steele ’92g is the 79th president of the Penn State Alumni Association. Steele began his service on Alumni Council in 2005 representing Penn State’s Graduate School in his role as president of the Graduate School Alumni Society. He has served in a leadership position with the council’s Grassroots Network Committee since 2006, becoming chair in 2011. In that capacity, he joined Alumni Council’s Executive Board and was elected vice president in 2013. Steele’s term runs through June 30, 2017.
Steele earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from The George Washington University in 1989, a juris doctor degree from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law in 1992, and a master of laws degree in trial advocacy from Temple University’s School of Law.
Professionally, Steele serves as Montgomery County’s (Pa.) district attorney. He leads an office of more than 40 prosecutors and a detective bureau of approximately 65 detectives who together investigate and prosecute about 9,000 criminal cases annually. Prior to being named district attorney in January 2016, Steele served for eight years as Montgomery County's first assistant district attorney, where as supervisor of the legal staff, he oversaw all operations in the district attorney's office including personnel, policy matters, special assignments and case assignments. He also worked closely with the Montgomery County Detective Bureau as well as the Pennsylvania State Police and local law enforcement officers, oversaw all county homicide investigations and non-consensual wiretaps, and maintained a caseload that he prosecuted personally. In his career as a prosecutor, Steele also has served as a deputy district attorney in Dauphin County, a special deputy attorney general and a special assistant district attorney in Adams County. Steele has successfully prosecuted first-degree murder cases in Dauphin, Adams and Montgomery counties. He received the Outstanding Trial Advocacy Award for his work in prosecuting the murderer of Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove.
During the past 10 years, Steele has taught at Cabrini College and was recently honored with the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. He is also on faculty at the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute and received its Distinguished Faculty Award.
Steele remains focused on crime prevention and spends time in schools on educational programs to deter children from going down the wrong path. He also is active in coaching his children in basketball and softball. Steele and his wife, Tracy, who also received her law degree from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, live with their three children in Montgomery County.