Bio: The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston, III
The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston, III became Acting Dean of Trinity Cathedral on March 1, 2017. Prior to this, Dr. Gaston was priest associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron. Previously, he had served several churches in the Diocese of Ohio including St. Mark’s, Canton; Christ Church, Hudson; St. John’s, Cuyahoga Falls; and St. John’s, Youngstown.
Dr. Gaston has been ordained for 27 years, serving in Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio as a “bi-vocational,” balancing ministry in the Church with work in higher education. A former provost at Kent State University, he is currently the university’s Trustees’ Professor, teaching English literature and higher education administration. He will retire from this position in May.
Dr. Gaston is a frequent speaker on higher education issues. He has authored several books, two of which concern quality assurance and higher education reform: Higher Education Accreditation: How It’s Changing, Why It Must (2013) and The Challenge of Bologna: What European Education Has to Teach Us, and Why It’s Important That We Learn It (2010). His most recent book represents a departure: Ohio’s Craft Beers (2016).
Since 2011, Dr. Gaston has worked as a consultant to Lumina Foundation, which focuses on postsecondary education. He is one of four authors of Lumina Foundation’s influential Degree Qualifications Profile. Recent articles consider subjects such as early rock ‘n’ roll, the Italian novel, computer dominated futures trading, accreditation reform, George Herbert and the British hymn tradition, and the future of the book.
Dr. Gaston earned the M.A. and the Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He and his wife, Eileen, live in Hudson, Ohio.