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Kent State names dean of Columbiana County campuses

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A Columbiana County resident has been named to lead Kent State University's Salem and East Liverpool campuses.

David Dees, Ph.D., of Guilford Lake, Ohio, has been selected to serve as dean and chief administrative officer of the KSU Columbiana County campuses.

Dees currently serves as interim dean of the Columbiana County campuses, a position he has held since July 1, 2016.

He will begin serving as the permanent dean on June 1, 2017.

Dees’ position reports to Nathan Ritchey, Ph.D., vice president for Kent State System Integration. 
Dees joined Kent State in 1991.

Prior to serving as interim dean of Kent State’s Columbiana County campuses, Dees served as director of Kent State’s Center for Teaching and Learning since 2013.

He is an associate professor of cultural foundations in the School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration in the College of Education, Health and Human Services.
Dees earned his Ph.D. in cultural foundations of education at Kent State, and he holds a master’s degree in theater and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Kentucky.

His research interests focus on the aesthetic dimensions of teaching and learning, how the human brain works and the impact that rural/Appalachian culture has on learning in higher education.  
Prior to Dees’ appointment as interim dean, Stephen Nameth, Ph.D., served as dean of the Salem and East Liverpool campuses from 2012 until his retirement on June 30, 2016. 

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