Paul Trana

TRIO STEM Associate Director
Primary office:
785-864-3971
Pronouns: He/Him/HIs


My name is Paul Trana.  I am the Associate Director of TRIO STEM.  I grew up in a small town in North Dakota, surviving winters with the lowest recorded temperatures in the U.S. (excluding Alaska) at -60 degrees Fahrenheit.  After high school I attended Northland College in Ashland, WI (also a very cold place), where I received a BA in Sociology.  Then I attended Central Michigan University and earned an MA in Sociology.  Now I am completing an Ed. D in Higher Education Administration here at KU.  I have worked with students in the TRIO and GEAR UP programs for 20+ years, since the summer of 1992 when I was a summer staff person with Upward Bound.  I thoroughly enjoy working with students and helping them find their own paths to success.  I also like looking at data to understand how and why students and post-secondary institutions can be more effective in fulfilling their goals and missions.  Outside of work, I have been involved in regional TRIO associations for a number of years, first in the western U.S. (including ND) and now throughout Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska.  I am very interested in helping TRIO and other student affairs programs and offices, especially in small or rural communities, to become more successful.  At home I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, ages 11 and 6; cooking, reading, especially to complete my dissertation; and finding time to practice Tai Chi Chuan.  

Strengths:  Input, Ideation, Context, Learner, Intellection


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