After more than two decades of service to the department, University Distinguished Professor Dale R. Herspring retired in May. A prolific scholar, Herspring has penned more than a dozen books and countless journal articles in outlets such as Armed Forces and Society and Problems in Post-Communism. Herspring also founded the Political, Diplomatic, and Military Lecture Series at KSU and taught a number of courses that students will long remember, including the Professional Diplomat, Civil-Military Relations, and Politics of Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
A renowned scholar of Russian military affairs, Dale remains active in scholarship and the local community. He is currently working on books on the Irish military and the Russian Military in the Artic. A well-attended retirement ceremony was held for Dale in May.