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Dr. Lance Grahn , Kent State University at Trumbull

Dr. Lance Grahn is dean and chief administrative officer at Kent State University at Trumbull. He has held a variety of other professional leadership roles during his 30 years in higher education.

Prior to coming to Kent State Trumbull, Dr. Grahn served as provost and dean of faculty/vice president for academic affairs at the University of Central Arkansas where he also taught as a tenured full professor in the Department of History.

He has also worked at:

• The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as dean of the College of Letters and Science and professor of History
• Marquette University as chair of the Department of History
• The University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he taught Latin American history
• Calvin College, where he was a post-doctoral research fellow
• Radford University, where he began his teaching career
• He was a visiting lecturer in Brazil in 1988
• He has also lived and conducted research in Colombia and Spain

Dr. Grahn has received several professional awards for teaching excellence, research and K-16 collaborations, and he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

An accomplished author, Grahn has written or co-authored numerous books, journal articles and book chapters.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish from Abilene Christian University, a master’s degree in Latin American history from Texas Tech University and a doctorate in Latin American history from Duke University.

He and his wife, Dianne, happily reside in Cortland.

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