Message from the Vice President, Institutional Advancement

As a proud graduate of Kent State University, I am pleased and honored to serve as Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Throughout my more than 25 years of service to this great university, I am reminded of the important role that philanthropy has always played to propel Kent State to heights greater than ever imagined. From the initial donation of land provided by William Stewart Kent that was the basis for the establishment of Kent State, private support has impacted this remarkable institution for more than one hundred years.

As Kent State continues in its second century of service under the leadership of Dr. Todd Diacon, there has never been a better time to support the Golden Flashes. The Kent State University Strategic Roadmap provides a bold vision and plan for taking Kent State to greater levels of success. At the heart of it all is a commitment to Students First. An investment in Kent State University, whether it is for student scholarships, academic program support, intercollegiate athletics, or facilities, will ensure the university honors its commitment to providing the highest quality education to the many talented students it serves. 

There are numerous ways to support Kent State University. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about how your investment will ensure a brighter future for our students, our university and the greater community. A directory of professionals can be found here.

On behalf of the thousands of students, faculty and staff who live and work at Kent State every day, please accept my deepest gratitude for your support.

Stephen G. Sokany ‘96

Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Executive Director, Kent State University Foundation, Inc.