Truman Institute to be Headed by Minch

Kevin Minch, associate professor of communication and director of forensics, will become the new director of the Truman Institute.

Under Minch’s leadership the institute will develop initiatives and partnerships that will generate revenue and support Truman’s mission. These initiatives will include developing mutually beneficial partnerships, expanding Truman’s reach to students residing in off-site locations such as St. Louis and Kansas City, developing new on-campus programs to bolster recruiting efforts, and fostering and supporting new modes of course delivery.

“Dr. Minch is the right person to lead the newly constituted Truman Institute,” said Troy Paino, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His problem solving skills, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for Truman will make him extremely successful in this critically important role.”

In addition to his teaching duties and role as the director of the award winning forensics program, Minch also serves as the dean of the Joseph Baldwin Academy, which is a three-week residential program for academically talented seventh, eighth and ninth graders.

Minch was selected as one of the 2002 William O’Donnel Lee Advising Award winners. The award recognizes the dedication and skill of exemplary advisers at Truman.

Minch’s education background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, as well as a master’s degree in communication from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Kansas.

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