Administration

Photo of Stephen SokanyKent State University President Beverly Warren today announced the appointment of Stephen Sokany, an alumnus and longtime employee, to the position of vice president for institutional advancement, effective Aug. 8, 2016.

Photo of Susan StockerKent State University’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Todd Diacon today announced that Susan Stocker, Ph.D., has been appointed interim dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Geauga, located in Burton, Ohio, and Kent State’s Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, effective Aug. 20, 2016.

Photo of David DeesKent State University’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Todd Diacon today announced that David Dees, Ph.D., has been appointed interim dean and chief administrative officer of the Kent State University Columbiana County campuses, effective July 1, 2016.

Photo of Jack Witt (Photo provided by Jack Witt)Following a national search, Kent State University has selected F. Jack Witt III as its new vice president for human resources. A Kent State alumnus, Witt currently serves as vice president of human resources and administration at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. He joins Kent State on Sept. 6. 

Photo of Nathan RitcheyKent State University has named Nathan Ritchey, Ph.D., as its new vice president for Kent State System Integration. Ritchey was selected following a national search. He currently serves at Edinboro University as vice president for strategic initiatives and founding dean of the College of Science and Health Professions.

Photo of Shay LittleFollowing a national search, Kent State University has selected Shay Davis Little, Ph.D., to serve as vice president for student affairs. Little has served as interim vice president for student affairs since Aug. 1, 2015. She will begin serving as the permanent vice president for student affairs on May 14.

The Kent State University Board of Trustees will hold its next regular business meeting Wednesday, March 9. The Board is scheduled to convene at 2:45 p.m. in the Riviera Ballroom B, first level of Aloft Cleveland Downtown, located at 1111 West 10th St., Cleveland, Ohio.

Trustees will retire into executive session/working lunch from noon-1:15 p.m. in the Tactic Room to consider specific topics as provided for under Ohio’s “Sunshine Law.” 

Board committees will meet as follows:

Photo of Denise SeachristDenise A. Seachrist, Ph.D., of Rootstown, Ohio, has been selected to serve as dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Stark, located in North Canton, Ohio. Seachrist has served as interim dean of Kent State Stark, the only public university in Stark County and the largest Regional Campus of Kent State, since July 1, 2014.

Photo of Mark PolatajkoCFO and COO from Wright State to lead Kent State’s Division of Business and Finance

Photo of Iris E. HarveyIris E. Harvey, Kent State University’s vice president for university relations, has been elected to the ACE Women’s Network-Ohio Executive Board.

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