Plymouth State University Names Robin Dorff, Ph.D., Provost

Internationally-recognized expert in strategy and planning, and current dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University will join Plymouth State in June.

Plymouth State University (PSU) announced today the appointment of Robin Dorff, Ph.D., as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, following a national search.

Since July 2012, Dr. Dorff has served as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University (KSU), a member of the University System of Georgia. In this role, in which he is the chief academic and administrative officer of the college with over 6,600 students, he is responsible to lead, manage, and supervise all aspects of the college operations including over 340 full-time and 250 part-time faculty, curriculum development, teaching, scholarly/creative activity, assessment, strategic leadership, program and fiscal management (budget; $40+ million; $5 million operating), accreditation, human resource management, and fundraising/development.

Prior to Kennesaw State, Dr. Dorff served as Research Professor of National Security Affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) where he was the General Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research.

“The selection of Dr. Dorff as our Provost represents an important next step in our reimagining of Plymouth State University,” said Donald Birx, Ph.D., president, Plymouth State University. “As we move fully into our Integrated Clusters model, Robin’s internationally-recognized expertise in strategy and planning, combined with his success in re-organizing a traditional college structure at Kennesaw State to a collaborative learning environment, will serve us well.”

After completing his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dr. Dorff held faculty positions at Michigan State University and North Carolina State University. He has served on the USAWC faculty as a visiting professor and as Professor of National Security Policy and Strategy in the Department of National Security and Strategy, where he also held the General Maxwell D. Taylor Chair and served as department chair. Dr. Dorff has been a senior advisor with Creative Associates International, Inc., in Washington, D.C., and served as executive director of the Institute of Political Leadership in Raleigh, NC.

“I am honored and excited to join Plymouth State University with its amazing faculty, staff, students, and surrounding community,” said Dr. Dorff. “The energy and innovation there, and the striking beauty of New Hampshire, make this an incredible opportunity for me and my wife, Carolyn.”

Dr. Dorff remains extensively involved in strategic leadership development, focusing on national security strategy and policy, and strategy formulation. His research interests include these topics as well as failing and fragile states, interagency processes and policy formulation, stabilization and reconstruction operations, and US grand strategy.

Dr. Dorff has lectured and published extensively on these topics and has spoken throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He is the recipient of the U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Award, the U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, and the U.S. Secretary of State Distinguished Public Service Award.

“Through a system of strong, shared governance, Dr. Dorff led College faculty and staff from two Universities through one of the largest university consolidations in U.S. higher education and has facilitated strategy and strategic planning sessions for national non-profit organizations, Fortune 500 companies and U.S. Government Agencies,” said Birx. “I am confident that with this appointment, Dr. Dorff will bring his background in academics as well as strategic operations to play a key role as we continue to operationalize Plymouth State University into the future as a strong, vibrant University.”

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