Kenneth GossettEducation

PhD, University of Minnesota; MA, The University of Chicago; BS, Oklahoma Christian University 

Research Interests

Administration of health and human services programs; education, business, and technology; quality of life; quality of care; quality improvement projects; applied social science research


For more than four decades, Dr. Gossett has worked in the health and human services field. He began his career as a direct care worker and worked his way up to become superintendent and CEO of the Apple Creek State Institute in Ohio. In 1982, Dr. Gossett received a Governor’s Award from the state of Ohio for achieving accreditation for the institute from two national accreditation agencies, making Apple Creek the first and only public residential facility in the U.S. to achieve this distinction. In 1985, Dr. Gossett was named CEO of Cambridge State Hospital, and less than a year later, he was appointed acting assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, where he was responsible for all state-operated regional treatment centers, human service centers, nursing homes, and related divisions. He returned to Ohio to become superintendent of the Lake County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Gossett then created a managed care company and became certified to provide telephone case management services to injured workers. Since selling the company in 2001, Dr. Gossett has worked with many healthcare organizations on quality improvement projects and helped healthcare organizations achieve accreditations from national accreditation agencies. In 2011, he joined Walden to teach DBA courses.