Kent State Names Denise Seachrist as the New Dean of Kent State University at Stark

Kent State Announces Denise Seachrist as Kent State Stark Dean

Denise A. Seachrist, Ph.D., of Rootstown, Ohio, has been selected to serve as dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Stark, located in North Canton, Ohio. Seachrist has served as interim dean of Kent State Stark, the only public university in Stark County and the largest Regional Campus of Kent State, since July 1, 2014. She will begin serving as the permanent dean on Feb. 1, 2016.

“Kent State University at Stark is a very vibrant and exciting place, and I am extremely honored to serve as dean and chief administrative officer,” Seachrist said. “I look forward to continuing to promote the campus’ excellent reputation while expanding our partnerships both in the community and globally.”

Todd Diacon, Kent State’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, shared his enthusiasm regarding the selection.

“We are pleased to welcome Denise Seachrist as the permanent dean of the Stark Campus,” he said. “Chosen as the result of a national search, she brings an outstanding mix of external relations skills, administrative experience and scholarly accomplishments. We value our Stark Campus family and are happy that Denise has agreed to accept this important assignment.”

Seachrist’s position reports to the provost or his designee until such time as the vice president for Kent State System Integration is appointed. The vice president will be charged with assessing the administrative structure of the Regional Campus system, including Kent State Stark.  

Prior to serving as interim dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State Stark, Seachrist served as the director of Kent State’s School of Music from 2008-2014. She holds the rank of professor. She also has served as interim associate provost, interim dean for Academic and Student Services, Regional Campuses and as interim assistant dean of Kent State University at Trumbull.

Seachrist’s work as a faculty member and administrator has been recognized. In 2004, she was the recipient of the Trumbull Campus Outstanding Administrator Service Award. In 2001 and again in 2003, she received the Trumbull Campus Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service. In 1999, she received the Trumbull Campus Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Service Award and was selected as one of four delegates to represent Kent State in a 17-day educational exchange to China. She served on the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra’s Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2005, is a past-chair of the University Teaching Council and was a member of the 2004-2005 university’s Leadership Academy.

A specialist in the music of both historical and living German religious communities in Pennsylvania, Seachrist currently serves as president of the Communal Studies Association. She is a member of the editorial advisory board of the quarterly journal American Music published by the University of Illinois Press and served as a member of the editorial board for Pennsylvania-German History and Culture book series published by Penn State Press. She is the past series editor of the WorldMusics series published by Kent State University Press, which is part of a joint effort by Kent State University Press, Indiana University Press and Temple University Press.

She has authored 25 refereed journal articles, two book chapters and entries in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: Allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik, second edition, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, and The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 3, “The United States and Canada.” Seachrist is the author of Snow Hill: In the Shadows of the Ephrata Cloister (2010) and The Musical World of Halim El-Dabh (2003), both published by the Kent State University Press.

A native of Columbiana County, Ohio, Seachrist received her Ph.D. in musicology-ethnomusicology from Kent State and a Master of Music in vocal performance from Youngstown State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Heidelberg College.

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POSTED: Monday, February 1, 2016 01:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 04:09 PM
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