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Executive Dean

T. Kenn Gaither

T. Kenn Gaither is an associate professor/associate dean at the Elon University School of Communications, where he teaches courses in international public relations, public relations and mass communication. He has published in several public relations journals, including the Journal of Public Relations Research and Public Relations Review, and has written or co-authored three books, including Globalization and Public Relations in Postcolonial Nations: Challenges and Opportunities (Cambria, 2012).

He served as president/CEO of the Institute for Shipboard Education during 2014-2015 before returning to his post at Elon.

Gaither also has more than nine years of professional public relations agency experience and was part of a public relations team that won a Hyundai MicroElectronics of America Excellence in Service Award for public relations work associated with its $4.5 billion merger with LG Semicon in 1999. Gaither speaks Portuguese and has lived or taught in Brazil, Ghana, Turkey and China. He has sailed on nine Semester at Sea voyages, most recently as executive dean on the summer 2012 voyage. He earned his Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Park Doctoral Fellow and outstanding graduating Ph.D. student in his class. He has an M.F.A. in literary journalism and B.A. in English Writing/Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.