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Majors & Degrees

David Kenley

David Kenley

David Kenley

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences


College of Arts and Sciences


PhD., History, University of Hawaii


Dr. David Kenley is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Cyber Leadership and Intelligence at Dakota State University. With a PhD in Chinese History, he has published four books and numerous journal articles. Previously at Elizabethtown College (PA) and Marshall University (WV), Dr. Kenley joined the DSU community in 2020. He has a successful record of program innovation, international engagement, grant writing, faculty development, strategic planning, online instruction, and many other critical areas of higher education. Recognizing these accomplishments, he has been asked to speak and provide professional consultations throughout the US and in many countries around the world. Dr. Kenley is fluent in Chinese and committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and international understanding. He and his wife live in Madison, South Dakota.


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