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President Lester Lefton September 2012 Photo Essay

  • President Lefton spends time with students who arrived bright and early to wait in line for an opportunity to see President Barack Obama, who spoke on campus Sept. 26.

  • President Lefton, Kent State University at Geauga Dean David Mohan and members of the Kent State University Board of Trustees cut the ribbon on the Kent State University Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg.

  • Deborah D. Hoover, president and CEO of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation; Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton; Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro; and Julie Messing, executive director for Entrepreneurship Initiatives at Kent State, gather following the grand opening event for Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad in the Kent Student Center.

  • President Lefton lends a helping hand as students return to campus for the fall semester.

  • President Lefton joins student volunteers in welcoming the incoming class to campus near Manchester Hall.

  • President Lefton mingles with students on the Kent State University Esplanade following an event in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

  • President Lefton addresses incoming freshmen and their families at convocation in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

  • Members of the Kent State community gathered in the Student Center Ballroom to look at exhibitions on renovations for campus and in downtown Kent during the "First Look" event for Foundations of Excellence: Building Our Future.

  • Vice President for Research Grant McGimpsey and President Lefton meet in Cunningham Hall to discuss research-related topics.

  • President Lefton and his wife, Linda, joke with alumna Cil Draime and special guest Michael McCartney at the Draime Estate during a Kent State reception.

  • President Lefton, Kent State executives and special guests pose for a photo with rock band O.A.R. during the Centennial Campaign Concert at Dix Stadium.

  • President Lefton and his wife, Linda, pose for a photo with rocker Sheryl Crow during the Centennial Campaign Concert at Dix Stadium.

  • President Lefton poses for a photo with students walking along the Kent State University Esplanade.

  • President Lefton and Congressman Tim Ryan don hard hats for a brief meeting at the construction site for the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Kent.

  • President Lefton gathers with guest speaker Barbara Knapic and Buzz and Marilyn Starner (left) during a Starner Distinguished Speaker event in Cartwright Hall.