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The Honors College Advisory Board is a group of Honors alumni and friends who advocate for the Honors College and advise the Honors College Dean in support of Honors students. 

The advisory board is composed of leaders acquainted with the needs of the community and committed to the values and mission of the Honors College. Its purpose is to promotethe recognition, development and financial support of the College. Members of the advisory board assist the College in identifying ways in which it can serve the educational needs of the community and in finding sources of financial and other support from the community.

Current Honors College Advisory Board Members

Anita Bixenstine, '89, '70

Anita Bixenstine is a retired Honors College advisor. She earned an M.A. in English ('70) and a Ph.D. in English ('89), both from Kent State University.


Barton A. Bixenstine, '71

Barton A. Bixenstine graduated with Honors from Kent State University in 1971 with a bachelor of arts in political science. He went on to earn his M.S. (Indiana University-Bloomington) and J.D. (University of Chicago) after graduation. He is currently a partner at Vorys, Seymour and Pease, LLP, a law firm based in Cleveland, Ohio.


Barbara Boltz, '80

Barbara Boltz graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1980. She earned her M.B.A. in 1991 and currently works as a project director in enrollment data and systems support in the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Kent State University.


Donald L. Hunston, '65

Donald L. Hunston earned bachelor's degrees in mathematics and chemistry from Kent State University in 1965. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in chemistry at Kent State University 1969 and also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. He currently works for the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland.


Richard Jacik, '88

Richard Jacik earned bachelor's degrees in software systems analysis and mathematics in 1988 and a master's degree in computer science from George Mason University in 1995. He currently works at MAXIMUS Federal Services in Reston, Virginia.


Nora Conway Jacobs, '73

Nora Conway Jacobs graduated from Kent State University in 1973 with a bachelor of arts in English. She earned a master's degree from John Caroll University in 1976. She currently works at Hennes Paynter Communications in Cleveland, Ohio.


DAVID JASPERS, '81

David Jaspers graduated with a B.A. in mathematics in 1981 from Kent State University and went on to earn his M.S. in mathematics in 1984 at South Carolina State University. He is currently a senior instructor of mathematics at University of South Carolina Aiken.


Adarsh E. Krishen, '82

Adarsh E. Krishen graduated from Kent State University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He earned his M.D. from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 1986. He recently completed a master's degree in medical management at Carnegie Mellon University (2009). Adarsh is a practicing physician for Summa Health in Akron, Ohio.


Brian J. Mackert, '84

Brian J. Mackert graduated from Kent State University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He went on to earn an MBA from Cleveland State University in 2005. He currently works at the Hillow-Mackert Company in Westlake, Ohio.


PATRICIA MYERS, '73

Patricia Myers graduated with a B.A. in social work in 1973 from Kent State University. Pat worked in government relations for Kent State University and in Columbus.


Louis D. Raffis, '81

Louis D. Raffis graduated from Kent State University in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in finance. He earned his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1986. He is currently a senior vice president at Keycorp in Cleveland, Ohio.

HILARY HORN RATNER, '74

Hilary Horn Ratner graduated from Kent State University in 1974 with bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently part of the faculty at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI) at Wayne State University, which is an organization that "works to improve the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth, and their families across the lifespan, through research, education and outreach."


Ann F. Stankiewicz, '77

Ann F. Stankiewicz graduated with a degree in chemistry from Kent State University in 1977. She has gone on to earn an M.S. in Chemistry (1977), an M.B.A. (1983), and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (1984). She currently works as a clinical science manager at Coagulation Roche Diagnostics Corp in Indianapolis, Indiana.


CARTER STRANG, '73, '79

Carter Strang graduated with a B.S. in social studies in 1973 and a M.Ed. in 1979 from Kent State University. He earned his JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law school in 1984. He is currently a partner at Tucker Ellis LLP in Cleveland.


Catherine C. M. Teti, '75

Catherine C. M. Teti graduated from Kent State University in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in political science. She is currently employed at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. as an executive officer of the National Capital Region Human Resources Center.


Debbie Fu-Tai Tuan

Debbie Fu-Tai Tuan is an emeritus professor of chemistry at Kent State University. She earned her M.S. (1960) and Ph.D. (1961) from Yale University.


Gary L. Wells, '73

Gary L. Wells earned his bachelor's degree from Kent State University in 1973 in journalism. He is currently employed as a senior managing director of media relations and global communications at Dix and Eaton in Cleveland, Ohio.