- Professor Kenan Araz was born in 1944 in the eastern Black Sea township of Torul. Upon the completion of his secondary education in 1963 at the Trabzon lycée, he qualified in the same year for admission to the Faculty of Dentistry, Hacettepe University, Ankara. Following his graduation in 1968, he joined the Facultys Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as a research assistant. He received his PhD in this field in 1970 and, between 1973 and 1975, continued his postdoctoral research and studies in the Department of Orthodontics and Orofacial Orthopedics, Faculty of Medicine, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He was promoted associate professor in 1977 and full professor in 1988 at Hacettepe University.
- During his affiliation as an academic staff member in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Faculty of Dentistry, Hacettepe University, Professor Araz served as the head of the department and also, at various times, as a member of the Faculty Administrative Board as well as of the University Senate.
- Professor Araz was appointed on 16 February 2004 as the Chief Coordinator of the Faculty of Dentistry, Baskent University, and became a member of the Facultys academic staff . In the meantime, he served as the Faculty of Dentistry Representative in the Baskent University Senate. On 03 October 2008 he was appointed the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry and, on 24 November 2008, the Dean of the Faculty. As of 07 April 2010 he has been the Rector of Baskent University. He has published extensively on oral and maxillofacial surgery in national and international learned journals.
- Besides his academic work and responsibilities, Professor Araz has also been the President of the Ankara Equestrian Club and a member of the Turkish Equestrian Federation Administrative Committee. Also, currently he is the Vice President of the Hacettepe University Foundation for Education and Research as well as of the Trabzon Foundation.
- Professor Araz is married and has two children