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LTU adds research, professional development positions

Release Date: April 26, 2021

SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University has appointed Kathryn Wrench director of sponsored research and institutional grants, and Patrick Callaghan director of professional development. Both are new positions at the University.

LTU Provost Tarek Sobh said the new positions are intended to expand further LTU’s external academic funding, sponsored research activities, and institutional grants portfolio, and to offer more training opportunities to the community.

In an email to faculty and staff, LTU Provost Tarek Sobh said of the new hires: “Their work will add to the success of the university as they will strongly support LTU’s relationships with our external constituents and the community. They both look forward to working with each of you and helping out with your external academic funding and professional development projects and aspirations.”

WrenchWrench was previously associate director of research in the College of Liberal Arts at Wayne State University, where she supported growth in its research funding from $16 million a year to $24 million a year over seven years. Earlier, she held positions at Henry Ford College and Oakland University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting and an MBA with a focus on organizational change management, both from Wayne State. In his email, Sobh said Wrench’s role will be to “support locating funding, plan a proposal submittal, or collaborate with others seeking funding resources.”

CallaghanCallaghan is a former professor of management and lead online faculty member at Northwood University. Previously, he was director of human resources at AlixPartners LLC, the turnaround and reorganization management firm. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and management from Albion College, a Master of Arts in human resources from Central Michigan University, and a PhD in education, specializing in instructional technology, from Wayne State University. He has also earned the highest certification in human resources, the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation. He will assist LTU faculty in developing external training and professional development opportunities for business and industry, such as workshops, classes, on-site instruction, and industry certifications.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers nearly 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.


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