Dale Tahtinen

Dale Tahtinen


Vice President for Governmental Relations

  • PhD, International Politics with Specialty in Middle Eastern Affairs, University of Maryland
  • MA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland
  • BS, Political Science, Northern Michigan University


Dale R. Tahtinen serves as Michigan Technological University’s vice president for governmental relations, overseeing internal audit functions, risk management, occupational safety and health, institutional analysis, legal matters, and governmental relations. He also serves as secretary for the University’s Board of Trustees.

Previously, Tahtinen was president of The Tahtinen Group, an international government relations and marketing consulting firm providing clients with marketing expertise, access to increased international market share, and strategic planning.

Tahtinen has had an active career in the federal government. In 1979, he was appointed President Reagan's foreign and defense issues advisor. While a Reagan appointee, Tahtinen was deputy assistant secretary of state for international trade controls and chief negotiator for all technology transfer as it impacted national security. He also directed mobilization planning in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was a senior staff assistant to former senator Robert Griffin, then minority whip of the U.S. Senate. He also served in the Defense Intelligence agency and has been a recognized Middle East and National Security expert while a member of the American Enterprise Institute.

Tahtinen is involved in the local community as both a member of the Rotary Club of Houghton and a board member for Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University.