John Shannon has returned to Trine University as vice president of academic affairs. He originally held the position from 2012-2015, following five years as dean and professor in the university’s Jannen School of Arts and Sciences. Since 2015, Shannon served as vice president for academic affairs at the Indiana Institute of Technology. He replaces A. Allen Hersel, Ph.D., who had served as vice president for academic affairs since 2015 and is returning to his former role as dean of the Allen School of Engineering and Technology.

During his prior tenure as vice president at Trine, Shannon oversaw the launch of several new academic programs, including the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Trine’s first doctoral program, the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Science in engineering management. He also led enrollment growth and the development of new academic programs during his time as dean at the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences.

Shannon came to Trine in 2007 with extensive experience in foreign language and international education, having previously served as dean and professor at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in California and chair and director of the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. His career also includes serving with the U.S. Army in West Germany and as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching special education in Tunisia.

He holds a Ph.D. in Foreign and Second Language from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts in applied linguistics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

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