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President, Trinity University
Dennis A. Ahlburg, Ph.D., became the 18th president of Trinity University in January 2010. He was chosen for the position by the University's Board of Trustees in September 2009. Dr. Ahlburg brings to Trinity an impressive background as an internationally respected authority on the impact of population growth on development and the economics of higher education.
Before coming to Trinity, Dr. Ahlburg served as the dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder since August 2005. Under his leadership, the Leeds School significantly expanded and renovated the business school facilities, strengthened the undergraduate program, increased its resource base, and put into place a strategic plan to enhance the school's curriculum, diversity and outreach.
Prior to his appointment at the Leeds School, Dr. Ahlburg enjoyed a 25-year career as a professor of human resources and academic administrator at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where he was senior associate dean, Land Grant Professor of Human Resources and the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs.
Dr. Ahlburg brings to Trinity a distinguished record of research and teaching and an impressive career as a transformational academic administrator. The author of more than 100 academic articles and books and the recipient of more than 30 research grants, Dr. Ahlburg also has received many honors and awards including designation as an "expert of international standing" by the Australian Research Council in 2004 and a Fulbright Fellowship in 1975. He has consulted extensively with a variety of prominent organizations including the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the governments of Great Britain and Australia. His global research on a range of economic issues and his international perspective underscores the University's efforts to internationalize the Trinity experience.
Dr. Ahlburg is a member of the following boards: The World Affairs Council, the Executive Committee of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, Southwest Research Institute, the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce, Campus Compact Board of Directors, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Governing Board and the Associated Colleges of the South. He also serves on the steering committee for SA2020, the Brainpower Initiative Task Force, P16 Plus council, and the Executive Committees of Centro Partnership and ICUT (Independent Schools and Universities of Texas). Dr. Ahlburg is also a member of the Higher Education Working Group of the Council of Foreign Relations and Forum for the Future of Higher Education.
A native of Australia, Dr. Ahlburg received his bachelor's in economics with first class honors from the University of Sydney, a master's in economics from the Australian National University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to Penelope Harley, an attorney specializing in alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice. They are parents to seven-year-old Benjamin.
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Trinity University President Dennis A. Ahlburg, Ph.D.