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Academic Affairs & Office of the Dean


Denise A. SeachristDenise A. Seachrist
Interim Dean
and Chief Administrative Officer

Denise A. Seachrist, Ph.D., began her appointment as the interim dean of Kent State University at Stark on July 1, 2014. The Stark Campus is the largest regional campus of Kent State University and the only public university in Stark County.

Born in Youngstown, Seachrist held her prior position as the director of Kent State University's Hugh A. Glauser School of Music since 2008. She previously served as interim associate provost, interim dean for Academic and Student Services, Regional Campuses and as interim assistant dean of Kent State University at Trumbull.

Seachrist, who holds the rank of professor, has been recognized for her stellar career as a faculty member and administrator. In 2004, she was the recipient of the Trumbull Campus Outstanding Administrator Service Award. In 2001, and again in 2003, she received the Trumbull Campus Dean's Award for Leadership and Service. In 1999, she received the Trumbull Campus Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Service Award and was selected as one of four delegates to represent Kent State in a 17-day educational exchange to China.

She served on the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra's Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2005, is a past-chair of the University Teaching Council and was a member of the university's 2004-2005 Leadership Academy. A specialist in the music of both historical and living German religious communities in Pennsylvania, Seachrist serves as the president of the Communal Studies Association. She is a member of the editorial board for a Pennsylvania-German History and Culture book series published by Penn State Press. She is the past series editor of the World Musics series published by Kent State University Press.

She has authored 25 refereed journal articles, two book chapters and entries in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: Allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik, second edition, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, and The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 3, "the United States and Canada." Seachrist is the author of Snow Hill: In the Shadows of the Ephrata Cloister (2010) and The Musical World of Halim El-Dabh (2003), both published by the Kent State University Press.

Seachrist received her Ph.D. in musicology-ethnomusicology from Kent State and a master of music in vocal performance from Youngstown State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music from Heidelberg College.

Dr. Bathi KasturiarchiA. Bathi Kasturiarachi
Interim Assistant Dean
for Academic Affairs

Kent State University at Stark appointed Dr. A. Bathi Kasturiarachi as the interim assistant dean for academic affairs in July 2013. In addition to assisting Interim Dean Seachrist, he is charged with directing and recruiting campus faculty, assisting in curriculum and program development and coordinating the course schedule on the Stark Campus.
Kasturiarachi, who is ranked as an associate professor of mathematics, began teaching mathematics at Kent State Stark in 1995. Prior to teaching at Kent State, he held positions as an assistant professor and director of the Academic Mastery Program at Occidental College in Los Angeles; a researcher in Duke University’s post-doctoral program; and a graduate teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kasturiarachi holds a bachelor’s of science degree with honors in pure and applied mathematics from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and a doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the American Mathematical Association and the Mathematical Association of America.


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