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Dr. Kenneth B. Kahn Joins CSU as Dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business

Cleveland, OH – August 11, 2020 – Cleveland State University this week welcomed Kenneth B. Kahn, Ph.D., as the new dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business. Dr. Kahn is widely recognized as an experienced academic administrator, scholar and researcher on innovation and innovation management. He officially joined the CSU team on August 10. 

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kahn, a proven leader and nationally recognized scholar,” said Jianping Zhu, Ph.D., CSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “He brings a wealth of experience both as an administrator and as a researcher. We are confident his expertise, scholarship and insight will continue to foster growth and student success for the Monte Ahuja College of Business.” 

“I’m pleased to join CSU and very honored to serve as Dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business,” said Dr. Kahn. “Just as CSU strives to be a beacon institution for Northeast Ohio, the Ahuja College of Business aims to be an exemplar for business education, scholarship and research. I look forward to working with our amazing faculty, staff, and students, plus collaborating with the Northeast Ohio business community, to educate the leaders of tomorrow.”

Dr. Kahn previously served as the senior associate dean of the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). While at VCU, he also was the full-time director of the VCU da Vinci Center, focusing on interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives across the university. Prior to VCU, he held leadership and faculty positions at Purdue University, University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech. In 2012, the Journal of Product Innovation Management recognized Dr. Kahn as one of the top ten innovation management scholars in the world.

Dr. Kahn earned a Ph.D. in Marketing and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech.

About Cleveland State University 
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