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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.

Making University Partnerships Work for Business

Companies and postsecondary education institutions are working together to ensure students have the skills business needs. Dr. Lance Grahn, dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Trumbull, tells how his school is developing the workforce.

What role does post-secondary education play in workforce development?

Dr. Lance Grahn, dean and chief administrative officer of KSU Trumbull: According to a recent report by EY (a global organization that includes member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited), Kent State University directly contributes more than $1 billion annually to the northeastern Ohio economy. This does not include the 100,000 alumni who remain in northeastern Ohio and earn an estimated $2.4 billion. We take great pride in being part of this large university system and sharing its assets and research accomplishments. This is why we refer to ourselves as “Your Kent State in the Valley.”


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