Welcome to the Office of Institutional Advancement

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill

Kent State University is Northeast Ohio’s No. 1 choice among public universities. With state support of the university providing less than 20 percent of its budget, the university relies on private support to ensure student success, enhance academic excellence and innovation, expand breakthrough research and provide contemporary, high-tech facilities for learning, study and research.

You can support a specific college or program, or you can choose to support an area of greatest need at Kent State. These areas include scholarships, our “Foundations of Excellence” building campaign, our Annual Fund, or the general Area of Greatest Need fund. No matter which area you choose to support, your gift will make an immediate and lasting impact on the people and potential of Kent State University. 

Latest News

Jeff McLain

Welcome Jeff McLain, New vice president for institutional Advancement

Institutional Advancement is proud to welcome Jeffery L. McLain, MMC, CFRE, as the division’s new vice president. He joins the university from Louisiana State University, where he was senior vice president of the LSU Foundation. McLain is enthusiastic about joining the Kent State community.

“I look forward to partnering with President Warren, the Institutional Advancement team and the Kent State family as we engage our alumni and friends to advance the mission of the university and its many campuses,” he says.


Aeronautics and Technology Building grand opening


The impact of giving was felt deeply at Kent State University on April 24, 2015 as the university hosted the grand opening for the new Aeronautics and Technology Building, made possible by generous donors. The event celebrated the opening of the 55,000-square-foot building and the move of the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology from Van Deusen Hall to the Science Corridor. Construction on the building began in summer 2013.


Scholarship recipient Angela Ehrich
Merit-based scholarship instrumental in helping student earn valuable degree

As a first-generation college student who grew up near campus, Angela Ehrich, psychology, ’17, and her family always viewed Kent State as her best chance to earn a valuable degree without taking on too much student debt. “I started visiting campus on field trips when I was in eighth grade, and I always loved it here,” Angela says. 




Gerald (Jerry) Payto
Coming 'home" to leave a physical mark on Kent State University

Gerald (Jerry) Payto’s father taught him an important lesson early on in life. “He used to say, ‘You really don’t receive until you give,’” Jerry said. “That has stuck in my mind my whole life."