Troy D. Paino is the sixteenth and current President of Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Dr. Paino earned his BA in history and philosophy from Evangel University in Springfield, MO, his juris doctor from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, IN, and his MA and Ph.D in American Studies from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. His Ph.D thesis was "The end of nostalgia : a cultural history of Indiana high school basketball during the Progressive Era", granted in 1997.
After graduating from law school, Paino worked for three years in private practice before returning to academia. Paino has served on the history faculties of Winona State University and Truman State University, in addition to serving as Winona's Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and as the university's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. His teaching and scholarly interests include 20th-century cultural and social history and American legal history. He has written journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews on the history of American sport. His book, The Social History of the United States: 1960s, vol. 7 of Social history of the United States  was released in October 2008.
He has also published the article "Hoosiers in a Different Light: Forces of Change Versus the Power of Nostalgia.".
- Paino, Troy D. The End of Nostalgia: A Cultural History of Indiana High School Basketball During the Progressive Era. , 1999. WorldCat item record
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- "History". History.truman.edu. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
- Paino, Troy D. "Hoosiers in a Different Light: Forces of Change Versus the Power of Nostalgia." Journal of Sport History. 28.1 (2001): 63- .WorldCat