College of Business Administration

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Welcome to the College of Business Administration at Kent State University.  Here, you'll find some of the best undergraduate, graduate, executive, research, and outreach programs in business,  not only in Ohio, but also in the nation and around the globe.

We strive for excellence in all that we do, and that commitment shows in the strength of our programs and partnerships with the business community. We offer comprehensive business education blending classroom instruction, experiential learning and education abroad to produce graduates that are exceptionally well prepared for the challenges of a global economy.

We are home to the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, which continues to launch student businesses each year into the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem to grow our region’s economy.  The Global Management Center’s partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service has forged an US Export Assistance Center located in the College to enhance export outreach to Northeast Ohio businesses and give business students global business experience.  The Center for Information Systems brings state-of-the-art technology into our classrooms and supports initiatives such as The Tech Spot to provide technology services to the Kent campus.

With your help, we have been able to introduce experts’ speaker series, etiquette luncheons, undergraduate scholarships, internships and more to enhance the education our students are receiving.

I invite you to explore all that the College of Business Administration has to offer and share in our promise – From Kent, The World.

Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Business Administration

National Advisory Board

The National Advisory Board is made up of prominent College of Business Administration alumni from throughout the country. The board provides an external point of view that provides COBA with vital resources to connect with important external constituencies for information, financial support, expertise and information.

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Academic Department Boards

Each academic department at the College of Business Administration has its own Advisory Board. Members of these Advisory Boards represent businesses in Northeast Ohio and beyond. The Boards meet with administrators, faculty, and alumni of the academic department to discuss career opportunities for students, the relevance of curriculum to today's business needs, and partnerships between the academic and professional communities. Each Advisory Board has specific investment and engagement opportunities.

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Alumni Investor Highlight

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Investment Opportunities

There are many giving opportunities available with different levels of involvement.

The College of Business Administration’s Giving Priorities are:

  • Endowed Professorships and Chairs
  • Support for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
  • Technology funding for student laptop scholarships/laptop lending program
  • Support for the Tech Spot at the College of Business Administration
  • Naming opportunities for classrooms/centers
  • Support for the COBA Career Services Office
  • Four year scholarships
  • Faculty research fund
  • Study abroad scholarships for students
  • Graduate student assistantships
  • Sophomore level scholarships
  • Scholarships for those in the 2.5-3.0 GPA range

Young Alumni Leadership Council

The Young Alumni Leadership council aims to connect young alumni to meaningful experience such as speaking to classes, mentoring students, or providing internships to COBA students. The YAL Council also provides networking and professional development opportunities for recent graduates and creates a culture of philanthropy in newly graduated business alumni.


  • Must have graduated from the College of Business Administration
  • Only open to alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years from current academic year
  • Are currently working full-time

Have questions or want to get involved?

Contact the Advancement Office.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in getting involved in the College of Business Administration but don’t want to be limited by monetary donations? There are opportunities to help current students by speaking to a class or mentoring a student.

To get involved, contact COBA’s Institutional Advancement Office.

How to Give

Giving will soon be easier with an online giving system. More information will be available soon. Please contact COBA’s Institutional Advancement office for more information.

Contact Us

Associate Director of Advancement
(330) 672-0690

Management Information Systems

Assistant Director Advancement
(330) 672-2252

Graduate Programs

Assistant Director of Advancement
(330) 672-6310

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