Meet the Dean

Lance Grahn, Ph.D.DR. LANCE GRAHN

Dean and Chief Administrative Officer
Lance Grahn, Ph.D., was selected as the dean and chief administrative officer for Kent State University at Trumbull on January 28, 2015, assuming his duties on July 1, 2015.

Grahn, who was chosen following a national search, comes to Kent State Trumbull from the University of Central Arkansas where he served for six years, holding posts as a professor of history, as well as provost and dean of faculty/vice president for academic affairs during his tenure. During his time as provost, Grahn was the chief academic officer with oversight of 80 baccalaureate programs, 31 master’s degrees, five doctorates and four terminal degree programs, all housed in six academic colleges. 

Grahn also has worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he was dean of the College of Letters and Science, Marquette University where he chaired the Department of History, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Calvin College and Radford University. In 1988, he was a visiting lecturer at Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói, Brazil. He also has held a variety of other professional leadership roles during his more than 30 years in higher education. 

Grahn has been awarded several professional teaching and faculty excellence awards, 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.

Grahn received his bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish from Abilene Christian University, his master’s in Latin American history from Texas Tech University and his doctorate in Latin American history from Duke University. 

He and his wife, Dianne, reside in the Warren area.


Donna Rood
Administrative Assistant