Kent State announces new dean of University Libraries

Kenneth Burhanna

Kenneth Burhanna

Alexandra Sobczak

Kent State announced Kenneth Burhanna as the new dean of University Libraries.

According to a press release from the Office of the Provost, Burhanna, a Kent State alumnus, has served as the interim dean of University Libraries since July 2017. His position as dean begins March 1.

“I look forward to building on our historic strengths while providing vision and leadership for future growth and success within the libraries,” Burhanna said in the press release.

As dean, Burhanna will oversee the main library and the architecture, fashion, map and performing arts libraries, as well as work with Kent State regional campuses’ libraries. According to the press release, he will “lead more than 25 faculty and more than 50 professional and support staff members.”

He will also serve as the spokesperson for University Libraries.

Burhanna has a long relationship with Kent State. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Master of Library and Information Science at Kent State. He taught in University Libraries as an assistant professor in 2004, an associate professor in 2010 and a professor in 2018. He served as a Provost’s Fellow in the Division of Academic Affairs from August 2015 to May 2016.

Burhanna has received local, statewide and national awards.

“Ken’s experience and nationally recognized excellence will serve us well at Kent State,” said Todd Diacon, the executive vice president and provost, in the press release.

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