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Dr. Shannon

Trine University is a growing school with a rich heritage of academic excellence and tradition. With enrollment that has more than tripled since 2000, Trine University remains a remarkably creative, innovative campus with a vibrant student life. Expert, caring faculty prepare Trine students to lead, succeed and serve.

More than 99 percent of graduates over the past seven years have found employment or started graduate school within six months. Many of our students collaborate with companies, organizations and schools around the globe to solve complex problems and real-world issues, and many graduates start flourishing companies or rise to the highest level of major corporations. The next time you see a golf ball, just remember one of our graduates is responsible.

Over the past 20 years, we've added more than $160 million worth of campus enhancements and facilities, including the new Thunder Ice Arena and MTI Center. As the 21st century progresses, Trine will continue to strategically develop its people, programs and facilities to make a positive impact on students, the community and beyond.

More than 99 percent of graduates over the past seven years have found employment or started graduate school within six months.

As a Trine student, alumnus or supporter, you are part of a community – a family – that has been active since 1884 and will be here for years to come. Starting as a teacher’s college and evolving into the 20th century as the university opened the doors of its engineering school, we’ve added acclaimed business, humanities, education, health sciences and science programs that continue to meet with success.

If you are looking to become a student at Trine, I encourage you to schedule a time to visit and see the campus for yourself. While you're here, be sure to meet with professors and students and ask all the questions you want.

Whether student, alumnus or friend of the college, please stop by my office in the C.W. Sponsel Administration Center when you are on campus. My door is open and you are always welcome.

John Shannon, Ph.D.


Dr. John Shannon is the 17th President of Trine University. His educational background includes a Ph.D. in foreign and second language education from The Ohio State University, an M.A. in applied linguistics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a B.A. in psychology from State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He has taught at the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and full professor, and has been awarded tenure. He has served as a university faculty member, department chair, program director, academic dean, vice president for academic affairs, and provost. On June 1, 2023, he became President of Trine University.

Additionally, Dr. Shannon has earned recognition as an educator and is a presenter at conferences. He has served as a journal review board member, newsletter editor, ESL program accreditation site reviewer, and accreditation liaison officer to the Higher Learning Commission. Furthermore, he worked as a pioneering academic leader at a start-up university (the American University of Sharjah). He also served as dean of a school of Arabic at the largest intensive language institute in the world: the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Lastly, Dr. Shannon’s career includes serving in the U.S. Army in the former West Germany and as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching in special education classrooms in Tunisia.