Division of Institutional Advancement
Welcome to the Division of Institutional Advancement. Kent State University is Northeast Ohio’s No. 1 choice among public universities. With state support of the university providing less than 20 percent of its budget, the university relies on private support to ensure student success, enhance academic excellence and innovation, expand breakthrough research and provide contemporary, high-tech facilities for learning, study and research.

Leaving a Legacy

President Warren, Dr. Mildred Dixon, and Dr. Allan Boike, dean of the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine

Dixon: A Lifetime Spent Blazing Trails for Minorities, Women and A Profession

On Sept. 7 of this year, Dr. Mildred K. Dixon, D.P.M., ’44, celebrated her 100th birthday. That same day, her alma mater, the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM), celebrated its 100th anniversary. As with KSUCPM, Dixon’s history is impactful. At Kent State, we empower students to break the mold and shape the world. More than 70 years ago, Mildred Dixon was doing just that.

Three generations of Flashes.

Young Alumnus Helps Ease the Load for Students Like Himself

Nicholas Giardina, ’06, gives back to support those he identifies with most from his time as a student. “All of my family has done very well in their lives with a degree from Kent State University," says Nicholas Giardina, ’06, a third-generation Kent State alumnus. His grandfather became the family’s first Kent State graduate when he received his master’s degree; Nicholas, his father, uncles, aunts, brother and wife, Jessica, also all earned degrees from the university.

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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill

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You can support a specific college or program, or you can choose to support an area of greatest need at Kent State. These areas include scholarships, our “Foundations of Excellence” building campaign, our Annual Fund, or the general Area of Greatest Need fund. No matter which area you choose to support, your gift will make an immediate and lasting impact on the people and potential of Kent State University. 

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Alumni, friends, faculty, staff, foundations and corporations are donating vital funding for Kent State University programs through the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) Campaign. Learn more about these exciting opportunities on the Foundations of Excellence campaign website!

Explore Kent State

Has it been awhile since you visited Kent State University? If it has been more than just a year or two, you will not believe the changes that have taken place. Click here for videos, interactive street views and maps, and see for yourself the renaissance that has taken place on campus and in downtown Kent.


Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that contributors have full confidence in their donations to Kent State University, the university supports and complies with the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Donor Bill of Rights. 

Featured News



On August 5, 2016, Kent State University President Beverly Warren announced the appointment of Stephen G. Sokany, M.B.A., '96, an alumnus and longtime employee, to the position of vice president for Institutional Advancement, effective Aug. 8, 2016. Sokany has served the university since 1993 in a number of development and institutional advancement roles, most recently as executive associate vice president for institutional advancement. Sokany replaces Jeff McLain, who stepped down from the position Aug. 1, 2016.

In this role, Sokany will lead Kent State’s Division of Institutional Advancement, which includes the offices of Advancement and Alumni Relations as well as the Kent State University Foundation. The division plays a critical role in building relationships with alumni and friends to support the vision and mission of the university.

Read more about the appointment of Stephen G. Sokany