About President Kurtz

Dr. Rick Kurtz

Biography

Rick Kurtz, Ph.D., became the sixth president of Shawnee State University on July 1, 2015 after recently serving as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan and Associate Dean in the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Dr. Kurtz earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; a Master of Arts in Public Administration at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska. Prior to his career in higher education, he served various roles in federal government services providing expertise in policy analysis, program budgeting and implementation, community outreach, and interagency cooperative planning and partnerships for organizations including the USDA Agriculture Research Service, National Park Service in Anchorage, Alaska, and the U.S. Navy-Navy Reserve.

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