Stephen G. Sokany, M.B.A., '96 was named vice president for institutional advancement Aug. 8, 2016. In this role, he leads 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.
Sokany is also a member of the President's Cabinet, directs the activities of the Kent State University Foundation board as its executive director, and provides support for the Board of Trustees External Relations and Development Committee.
Sokany has served the university since 1993, most recently as executive associate vice president for institutional advancement, leading the university’s principal gifts development efforts and serving as director of foundation board relations. Prior to this assignment, he served as senior associate vice president for advancement during the $265 million Centennial Campaign, the largest in the university’s history. He managed major and leadership gift acquisition for the campaign and assisted with the Kent State University Foundation Board. He also served as director of major gifts and then as campaign manager for the university’s first comprehensive capital campaign, called “The Campaign for Kent State University.” His initial assignment at Kent State was as development officer for the College of Business Administration.
In addition to his professional responsibilities at Kent State, Sokany served on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and was co-chair of the Board of Directors of Gay Games 9 held in Cleveland and Akron in August 2014.
B.S., University of Detroit, M.B.A., Kent State University (Concentration in Nonprofit Management), 1996