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Dr. Lon T. Dehnert, DMA

School of Education - Education Administration
Assistant Dean
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 214J
Kansas University
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Dr. Lon Dehnert, Assistant Dean, joined the School of Education administrative team in January of 2012. His duties include the oversight of School of Education technologies, facilities, strategic planning, and faculty development. He serves as liaison to the School's partner in distance education, Everspring and to the KU Professional Records Online system and he oversees the School of Education Welcome Center.

A native of Lander, Wyoming, Lon has 32 years of teaching experience in Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina and Oklahoma. While at the University of Central Oklahoma (1987-2009) Lon served in various capacities including Professor of Music (1987-2009), Director of Choral Studies (1987-2003), Assistant Dean (2003-2007), and Director of Special Projects for the newly established Center for Professional and Distance Education (2007-2009).

Lon has served as continuous improvement facilitator and consultant for the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Wisconsin – Superior and has twice served on the National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Board of Examiners and the Board of Examiners for the states of Oklahoma (twice) and New Mexico. He has presented at the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education (NCCI), the Higher Learning Commission, and the American Association for Higher Education. He chaired the 10th annual NCCI International Conference in 2008. He is published in the Academic Leader Journal.

He holds the Bachelor of Music Education and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from KU and the Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He is webmaster and song leader for the Lawrence Noon Rotary club and has served as chair and co-chair for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Envoys (ambassadors). In addition, he is the KU Advocate for The Willow Domestic Violence Center, adviser for The Willow Branch (the KU student group) and volunteers as needed at the women's shelter.


Teaching Interests

  • Choral, Conducting, voice, music, music history, choral literature

Academic Degrees

  • D.M.A., Choral Conducting, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1987
  • M.M., Choral Conducting, University of Missouri, KC, MO, 1982
  • B.M.E., Music Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1976


Areas of Responsibility

Facilities, Technology, Faculty Development, Strategic Planning, Distance Education


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