College of Health, Education and Human Services selects new dean

James Hannon

Hannah Wagner

Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services announced the new dean on Monday.

James Hannon, a current professor and assistant dean of Academic Affairs and Research for the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University, was chosen after a national search. 

“We are pleased that Dr. Hannon has agreed to serve as the next dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services,” said Kent State Provost Todd Diacon in a university news release on Monday. “His impressive scholarship, his experiences and successes at the University of Utah and at West Virginia University, as well as his experience as a school teacher, will serve him well as he leads the Kent State (EHHS) to even greater successes.”

Mark Kretovics, interim dean for EHHS, said he is excited to work with Hannon and aid him in his transition to become the new dean.

“I’m excited to have him on board. He brings with him an incredible recognition of scholarship,” Kretovics said. “He seems like an individual who understands both grad and undergrad, (and) who will be an excellent fit academically, professionally and personally.”

Hannon will succeed former EHHS Dean Daniel Mahony, who left the university in 2015. His new role takes effect July 1. 

Hannah Wagner is the education, health and human services reporter, contact her at [email protected].