ANGOLA, IN - John Shannon, Ph.D., has been named the 17th president of Trine University.
He will officially take the position as President effective June 1, 2023.
Rick L. James, chair of the university’s board of trustees, made the announcement Monday following a board search to replace Dr. Earl D. Brooks II, who is retiring after 23-years as Trine president.
Dr. Shannon currently serves as Trine provost and senior vice president. The position was created last year to provide additional leadership resources to accommodate growing enrollment and expanded academic offerings, and to enable the university to fully explore and embrace exciting opportunities.
“I am thrilled and honored to be named president of this great university,” said Dr. Shannon. “Following the tremendous success of Dr. Brooks is certainly a challenge, but I assume this role knowing this university has never been stronger, both academically and financially. We have a very bright future and I, like Dr. Brooks before me, will continue to draw upon the great expertise and counsel of board chair James and all members of the Trine board to make sure we do everything we can to provide the best possible academic experience and to continue to positively serve the communities in which we operate.”
Dr. Shannon currently serves as Trine provost and senior vice president. The position was created last year to provide additional leadership resources to accommodate growing enrollment and expanded academic offerings, and to enable the university to fully explore and embrace exciting opportunities. At the time of his appointment, Dr. Brooks commented, “John has been largely responsible for developing and launching the exciting new academic programs that have fueled our recent enrollment growth. This includes laying the groundwork for a robust expansion of programs at our College of Health Professions, based in Fort Wayne. He has also played a very significant role in the recent success we have had attracting international graduate students, which has also been vital to our recent growth.”
Before being named provost, Dr. Shannon served two stints as vice president for academic affairs at Trine, first from 2012 to 2015, and returning in 2018 after leading academics at the Indiana Institute of Technology in the interim. Prior to serving as Trine’s vice president for academic affairs, he was dean and professor in the university’s Jannen School of Arts and Sciences for five years. He 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 the former 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.