Dean of Students | Kent State University


Dear Kent State Community:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D., as Dean of Students for student affairs, effective June 1, 2017.

After an extensive and inclusive national search, Dr. Hylton is an outstanding choice for Kent State University. He brings more than 10 years of being a highly experienced, collaborative, and engaged student affairs scholar-practitioner and leader. Dr Hylton will have the opportunity to make a significant impact during a transformational period in Kent State's history.

Photo of The Nest in the Kent Student Center

Currently serving as Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life in the Office for Student Affairs at the University of Minnesota –Twin Cities with a population of approximately 55,000 students of an approximate 68,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional student five-campus system. In this role, he provides leadership for administering, monitoring, and assessing student engagement efforts and supervises several functional areas including Fraternity and Sorority Life, Multicultural Student Engagement, Off-Campus Living, and Commuter Student Programs and Services. He also represents Student Affairs on several institutional committees and work groups. Dr. Hylton also serves on the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) 2017 Multicultural Institute Steering Committee and volunteers on the African-American Knowledge Community Leadership Team.

Additionally, thanks to all members of our community who invested valuable time to meet the three finalists for the position during their recent campus interviews including students, faculty, staff, and Kent City leadership.  With gratitude, I extend appreciation to Cesquinn M. Curtis, Executive Director, Administration for Student Affairs (Committee Chair) and Shawna Horvath, Assistant Director, Office of Government & Community Relations (Committee Coordinator) for their critical leadership of the search committee. I am also appreciative for the experienced and devoted search committee members who were instrumental in the search process: Cason Brunt, Director, Student Support Services & Academic Diversity Outreach, University College; Jill Church Jenkins, Executive Director, Residence Services; Patricia Dennison, Operations & Strategic Communications Coordinator, Student Affairs; Amanda Dolan, Director II, Enrollment Management, Student Services, and Advising; Katie Goldring, Associate Director, Center for Student Involvement; Sam Graska, President, Undergraduate Student Government (Kent Campus); Gretchen Julian, Director of Recreational Services & Interim Director of Kent Student Center; Dr. Mark Kretovics, Interim Dean, College of Education, Health and Human Services and Associate Professor, Higher Education Administration; Dr. Timeka Rashid, Associate Dean of Students, Student Affairs; Mark Rhodes, Vice Executive Chair, Graduate Student Senate; Charity Snyder, Assistant Dean, Academic Advising & Retention, University College; Dr. Asantewa Sunni-Ali, Assistant Professor & Director Center of Pan-African Culture, Pan-African Studies; and Dean Tondiglia, Interim Director & Chief of Police, Public Safety.

Congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Hylton as he intentionally develops the whole student through enhanced transformational experiences. We look forward to working together to lead the nation as a "Students First" university.

Go Flashes,

Shay Davis Little, Ph.D.
Vice President
Division of Student Affairs