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New interim dean at KSU Columbiana County campuses

Bradley Bielski, Ph.D., was named interim dean and chief administrative officer for the Kent State University’s Columbiana County campuses in Salem and East Liverpool, effective Aug. 6. He continues serving as the dean and CAO of the Kent State Tuscarawas Campus, located in New Philadelphia, and now leads the academic, academic support, enrollment, fund-raising and business aspects of the three campuses.

Bielski follows Dr. David Dees who served as dean and CAO of the Kent State Columbiana County campuses since 2016. Dees is returning to the Kent Campus as an associate professor in the Kent State University School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration within the College of Education, Health and Human Services.

“I, first, want to acknowledge the outstanding work of Dr. David Dees and wish him well in all future endeavors. He has been extremely helpful during this transition,” Bielski noted. “Furthermore, in a very brief amount of time, I have learned just how important both the Salem and East Liverpool campuses are in their respective communities. Each campus is fortunate to have outstanding faculty, dedicated staff and community leaders that are dedicated to serving the needs of students.”

With more than 18 years of experience in higher education administration, Bielski has served the past eight years as administrative staff to the Tuscarawas County University Branch District-Board of Trustees and the Tuscarawas County University Foundation-Board of Directors.

He previously served for 10 years as vice president for academic affairs at Thomas More University, located in Crestview Hills, Ky. In that position, he led all academic and academically related functions and supervised the student affairs division, adult education, enrollment management and information.

For several years, Bielski taught physical chemistry, specializing in statistical mechanics, quantum chemistry and analytical spectroscopy. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1991 and is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.

Bielski was named the Tuscarawas County Citizen of the Year in 2021 by the area’s Chamber of Commerce, recognizing his work in economic development and his involvement in the community. He recently chaired the local annual United Way campaign, during which the organization broke an all-time fundraising record.

He serves on the board of directors for the Tuscarawas County Economic Development Corporation for which he is chairman; the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital board of directors; the Community Improvement Corporation of Tuscarawas County board of directors; United Way Tuscarawas, chair and campaign chair; board of directors for the Tuscarawas Chamber of Commerce; board of directors for Workforce Investment of Stark and Tuscarawas counties; board of directors for Leadership Tuscarawas; vice chair of the board of directors Tuscarawas University Foundation, Ex Officio Board of Directors; past chair of the Brighton Center board of directors; past chair of the Northern Kentucky Education Council; past chair for the board of trustees at Thomas More University; board of directors at Notre Dame Academy; and was appointed by the Kentucky governor to the Education Professional Standards Board.

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