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Art Museum Board Appoints UA Dean Mitchell McKinney as New Member

Mitchell S. McKinney

The Akron Art Museum Board of Trustees has named Mitchell S. McKinney, Dean of the University of Akron’s Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, as its newest board member.

Prior to working at the University of Akron, McKinney held academic leadership positions at the University of Missouri. He has also taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, Missouri Southern State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

McKinney, whose term on the Akron Art Museum‘s board of trustees begins Jan. 25, is a political communicator who has been recognized as one of the nation’s top presidential debate scholars. McKinney has also held positions in the United States Senate and the White House.

McKinney, a frequent commentator for national and international news media, served as associate director of the National Communication Association in Washington, DC, and president of the Central States Communication Association. He also served as a moderator for televised gubernatorial and congressional debates and consulted with civic organizations in the planning of national and local candidate debates and forums.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. McKinney to the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Her background in education and politics will bring a fresh perspective to the organization, and we look forward to strengthening our ties with the University of Akron,” Board Chair Rose Andrews said in a statement.

McKinney earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts in Voice Communication and Government from the Western Kentucky University. He lives in the Akron area with his partner, Bryan Pepper.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: UA Dean of Arts and Sciences McKinney Appointed to Board of Akron Art Museum