Administration

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.

Photo of Shay LittleKent State University has established a Division of Student Affairs. Shay Little, Ph.D., has been named interim vice president of the division. Little previously served as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students for the last three years.

Photo of Paul DiCorleto - photo credit: Cleveland ClinicFollowing a national search, Kent State University has selected Paul E. DiCorleto, Ph.D., as its new vice president for research and sponsored programs. DiCorleto comes to Kent State from Cleveland Clinic, where he has served as Sherwin-Page Chair of the Lerner Research Institute since 2002, and from Case Western Reserve University, where he has served as chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine since 2003. He joins Kent State on Aug. 17.

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