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Administration

Excellence in Action: Starts at the Top

Kent State University comprises eight unique campuses, various college disciplinary programs and many graduate and interdisciplinary programs. Learn more about the divisions and business units that make Kent State University one of the top universities in Ohio.

University Leadership

President IMAGE: Lester A. Lefton

Lester A. Lefton

President

The president along with the Kent State University Board of Trustees oversee the functions of executive officers who manage the university’s divisions.
View the full organizational chart. Learn more about the Office of the President.

Meet the Administration

Academic Affairs IMAGE: Todd A. Diacon

Todd A. Diacon

Provost & Senior Vice President

Responsibility for academic units, including colleges, schools, departments and Regional Campuses. Each of these units operates in accordance with Kent State’s educational and public service mission.  Access an organizational listing.   Learn more about the Office of the Provost.

Business & Finance IMAGE: Gregg S. Floyd

Gregg S. Floyd

Senior Vice President

Responsible for the financial and physical operations of the university and maintaining a safe and peaceful environment, with values based on principles of respect, integrity, service and commitment.
Learn more about the Division of Business and Finance.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion IMAGE: Alfreda Brown

Alfreda Brown

Vice President

Maximizing individual and collective contributions, while creating an environment welcoming diversity of thought, continuous personal growth, academic attainment and above average achievement.
Learn more about the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

IMAGE: Greg Jarvie
Enrollment Management &
Student Affairs

Greg Jarvie

Vice President

Providing leadership to institutional efforts aimed at enhancing the co-curricular lives of students, complementing the academic mission and supporting student success.
Learn more about the Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs.

IMAGE: Willis Walker
General Counsel &
Governmental Affairs

Willis Walker

Vice President

Serving as the legal representative for the university and provides legal advice and guidance on university-related matters to employees and departments.
Learn more about University Counsel. 
Human Resources IMAGE: Joseph S. Vitale, Jr.

Joseph S. Vitale Jr.

Interim Vice President

Comprised of Benefits, Communications, Compensation, Employee and Labor Relations, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Human Resource Outreach and Initiatives, Records, Talent Acquisition and Training and Development. Learn more about the Division of Human Resources.

Information Services IMAGE: Edward G. Mahon

Edward G. Mahon

Vice President

Dedicated to serving the university's students, staff, alumni and faculty, providing connectivity, devices and security with support and training by phone, online and in person.
Learn more about the Division of Information Services.

Institutional Advancement IMAGE: Eugene J. Finn

Eugene J. Finn

Vice President & Executive Director, KSU Foundation

Promoting awareness among Kent State University benefactors of the impact their contributions make to the growth and future success of the university.
Learn more about the Division of Institutional Advancement.

IMAGE: W. Grant McGimpsey
Research & Sponsored Programs

W. Grant McGimpsey

Vice President

Focusing on the major global challenges we face as a society: healthcare, energy and sustainability.  Enriching lives through our cultural and artistic endeavors, while educating the next generation of educators. Learn more about the Division of Research.

IMAGE: Iris Harvey
University Relations

Iris Harvey

Vice President & Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

University Relations promotes and markets the university's identity, as Kent State serves the region and world through teaching, research and outreach.
Learn more about the Division of University Relations.

Intercollegiate Athletics IMAGE: Joel Nielson

Joel Nielsen

Athletic Director

Kent State’s athletics program includes baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.
Learn more about Intercollegiate Athletics.

Chief of Staff IMAGE: Charlene K. Reed

Charlene K. Reed

Vice President & University Secretary

Responsible for providing comprehensive administrative support to the president and Board of Trustees, while also facilitating communications between the university and
external agencies.
Learn more about the Board of Trustees.

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