Kent State President Beverly Warren to Reflect on First 100 Days at Fall 2014 Bowman Breakfast

Beverly Warren to speak on the topic "Reflections on 100 Days as Kent State President and Kent Resident"

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The fall 2014 Bowman Breakfast will take place at Kent State University in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program will follow at 8 a.m.

Photo of Kent State University President Beverly WarrenThe featured speaker is Kent State President Beverly Warren. Warren will speak on the topic “Reflections on 100 Days as Kent State President and Kent Resident.”

The cost to attend is $10 per person, payable by cash or check at the door only. Invoicing is not available for this event. Reservations can be completed online or by contacting Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or no later than Wednesday, Oct. 1. No shows will be billed. If you find you cannot attend, please contact Mandalari to cancel your reservation by Oct. 1.

Warren became Kent State’s 12th president on July 1, 2014. As the university’s chief executive officer, Warren oversees one of the nation's largest university systems. Kent State’s eight campuses provide more than 300 academic programs to more than 41,000 undergraduate and graduate students from throughout Ohio and the nation, and from approximately 100 countries. One of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio, the university employs more than 5,700 full- and part-time faculty and staff.

Prior to coming to Kent State, Warren had served as provost and senior vice president at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) since 2011. She arrived at VCU in 2000 as a professor and head of the School of Education’s Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and went on to serve as dean of the School of Education. Before joining VCU, Warren held faculty positions at Smith College in Massachusetts; Auburn University in Alabama; Appalachian State University in North Carolina; and Lander University in South Carolina.

Warren is an internationally respected and widely published scholar in the fields of education and exercise physiology. Her most recent research focused on urban education, including access and success for urban youth, the preparation of teachers for urban environments and coordination of education through P-20 initiatives. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2004 and is a former president of its Southeast Chapter.

A North Carolina native, Warren earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University. She holds two doctorates, an Ed.D. in administration of higher education from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Auburn University.

Kent State is committed to making its programs and activities accessible to those individuals with disabilities. If you or a member of your family will need an interpreter or any other accessibility accommodation to participate in this event, contact the university’s accessibility liaison, Jacqueline Gee, by phone at 330-672-8667, by video phone at 330-931-4441 or via email at

The Bowman Breakfast, a tradition since 1963, is sponsored by Kent State and the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.

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