Kent State University at Trumbull names interim dean

CHAMPION — Daniel E. Palmer, Ph.D., will serve as interim dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Trumbull, effective next week, the university’s Vice President for System Integration Nathan Ritchey announced.

Palmer will provide overall leadership of KSU at Trumbull, a regional campus in the university’s eight-campus system. Dean Dr. Lance Grahn will retire July 1.

Palmer joined KSU at Trumbull in 2001 and has served as assistant dean there since 2010. He is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences. Palmer served as chair of the Regional Campus Faculty Advisory Committee and Trumbull Campus Faculty Council and co-chair of the Trumbull Campus Retention Committee. He also is active in civic groups in the Mahoning Valley and surrounding areas.

“Dan Palmer has served as an excellent assistant dean and will continue to bring his wealth of institutional knowledge, leadership experience and regional expertise to this new role,” Ritchey said.

Palmer earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University and holds a master’s degree from Villanova University and a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University. His primary research interests include ethical theory, business and professional ethics, and health care ethics. His published work has appeared in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Ratio, British Journal of Aesthetics and The Journal of Value Inquiry.

“I believe that the (Trumbull) campus is very well positioned to build upon our strong record of teaching, research and community service as we seek to best serve our students and our community,” Palmer said. “I look forward to working with Trumbull Campus faculty and staff, as well as Dr. Ritchey and his staff, to best leverage the strengths of our campus and the regional campus system for the benefit of our students and the local community.”