Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director, KSU Foundation

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Stephen G. SokanyStephen G. Sokany

Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director, KSU Foundation
Division of Institutional Advancement


  • B.S., University of Detroit 
  • MBA, Kent State University

Job Description

Responsible for the overall leadership of the Division of Institutional Advancement to include the areas of Advancement Operations, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Alumni Relations, Center for Gift and Estate Planning and Kent State University Foundation. Mr. Sokany oversees all institutional advancement planning to include alumni events and engagement activities around the country. He is a member of the President’s Cabinet and directs the activities of the Kent State University Foundation Board as its executive director. He provides support for the Board of Trustees External Relations and Development Committee.

Direct Reports

  • Senior Associate Vice President, Advancement Operations, Valoree Vargo
  • Executive Director for Gift and Estate Planning, Mindy Aleman
  • Executive Director of Advancement, Kent Campus Colleges, Lynn Iams
  • Executive Director of Advancement, Regional Campuses and Special Projects, Matt Butts
  • Associate Athletic Director/Executive Director for Athletic Advancement, Matt Geis
  • Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations, Vacant
  • Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations, Richard Day
  • Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, Lori Randorf
  • CFO for Finance Administration and KSU Foundation, Mike Strebler
  • Assistant to an Executive Officer, Julie Rayl

Contact, 330-672-0431

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