EMPLOYMENT: President, Trinity University; Distinguished Professor of Economics, Trinity University; Dean, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder;

EXPERTISE: Higher education administration; economics; human resources. 

Dennis A. Ahlburg, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at Trinity University. He served as the 18th president of Trinity University and served from January 2010 until January 2015.

Before coming to Trinity, Dr. Ahlburg served as the dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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 and a Fulbright Fellowship. 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.

Dr. Ahlburg received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.A. in Economics from Australian National University, and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Sydney.