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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

PresidentLester A. Lefton

Lester A. Lefton


The president along with the Kent State University Board of Trustees oversee the functions of executive officers who manage the university’s divisions.
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Meet the Administration

Academic AffairsTodd 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..

Business & FinanceGregg 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.
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Diversity, Equity & InclusionAlfreda 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.
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Greg JarvieEnrollment 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.
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Willis WalkerGeneral 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.
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Human ResourcesJoseph S. Vitale, Jr.

Joseph S. Vitale Jr.

Interim Vice President

Comprised of Benefits, Communications, Compensation, Employee/Labor Relations, Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action, HR Outreach & Initiatives, Records, Talent Acquisition and Training & Development. Learn more

Information ServicesEdward 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.
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Institutional AdvancementEugene 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.
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W. Grant McGimpseyResearch & 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

Iris HarveyUniversity 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.
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Intercollegiate AthleticsJoel 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.
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Chief of StaffCharlene 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.
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