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Kent State Board of Trustees Welcomes Class of 2025, Approves New Balanced Budget

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The Kent State University Board of Trustees congratulated Kent State President Todd Diacon and university leaders on their strong fall enrollment, including welcoming the Class of 2025, at the Board’s regular quarterly meeting held Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Connie Simms, Joins University Budget Office

Connie SimmsThe University Budget Office welcomes Connie Simms to the department in the role of Budget Analyst II effective August 16, 2021. Connie is responsible for analyzing financial and statistical data, preparing financial projections, summarizing budget inquiries, reviewing position control records, and compiling budget data for university reports.

Anti-Bias Workshop Participants Selected

Kent State remains committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. The staffers listed below have been selected to participate in the Anti-Bias workshops in support of this commitment.

Participants are required to attend all five sessions and submit reflections for each session before receiving a $1,000 stipend. All sessions are synchronous and will be held virtually. All courses must be completed in the timeframe allotted. There will no make-up sessions. 

New Senior Budget Analyst Selected, Mary Mustard

Mary MustardThe University Budget Office welcomes Mary Mustard to the department in the role of senior budget analyst effective May 1, 2021. Mary will be responsible for developing budget processes and forecast projections, processing budget revisions, submitting budget data to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, providing budget trainings and authoring financial reports for the university.

Kent State Awarded $3.5 Million Choose Ohio First Grants

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The state of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Higher Education announced that Kent State University has been awarded Choose Ohio First grants totaling $3.5 million to support students in the critical fields of science (including health professions), technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

New Associate Director for Academic Budget Management, Carmen Roberts

Carmen RobertsThe University Budget Office is happy to announce Carmen Roberts will become the Associate Director for Academic Budget Management. He will provide oversight for business functions, human resources processes and financial operations for the regional campuses. He previously held the role of senior budget analyst.

Salary Restoration

Dear Kent State University Staff,

My deepest thanks for the outstanding work that you have done since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last March. Your steadfast commitment to exemplary work contributed to a successful Fall Semester 2020 and the smooth transition into Spring Semester 2021.

Kent State Board of Trustees Ratifies Fiscal Year 2020 Efficiency Report That Indicates More Than $31 Million in Savings

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The Kent State University Board of Trustees ratified the university’s Fiscal Year 2020 Efficiency Report and Master Recommendations report, which showed an effectiveness and efficiency savings for Fiscal Year 2020 of $31,286,881. The savings is $6.2 million more than originally estimated.

President’s Financial Update

Dear Members of the Kent State University Community,

I am sharing with you this annual financial update, which is a portrait of Kent State’s financial health and sustainability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone reading this message has contributed greatly to the university’s reopening, and your trust and dedication to Kent State are appreciated. In short, even amid a pandemic, there is good news to report – and that good news is the fruit of your efforts.

Kent State Board of Trustees Approves Collective Bargaining Agreement With AFSCME

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The Kent State University Board of Trustees has approved a new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement between the university and the Kent State University Employees Local 153, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Kent State President Notifies University Staff Members of Partial Restoration of Salaries

Dear Kent State University Staff,

I am writing first and foremost to say thank you for the stellar job that you have done since the COVID-19 pandemic began back in March. Without your efforts, we would never have been able to complete the spring semester so strong or launch such a successful fall semester.

Kent State Board of Trustees Commends Leadership for Strong Enrollment During Pandemic, Approves New Balanced Budget

Colorful flowers in Kent State University’s Judith A. Beyer Murin Memorial Gardens bloom in front of the University Library.

The Kent State University Board of Trustees congratulated Kent State President Todd Diacon and university leaders on increased retention and graduation rates, as well as a strong Class of 2024, as official fall 2020 enrollment figures were shared at the Board’s regular quarterly meeting held Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Staff Member Memorializes Grandfather Through Cleveland Indians

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armen Roberts III, a senior budget analyst for the University Budget Office, told WKBN how his family memorialized their late grandfather, a longtime Cleveland Indians fan.

Two Kent State Employees Among "30 For the Future" Recipients

Lamar Hylton and Carmen Roberts

Two Kent State University employees have been recognized among the 2020 “30 for the Future” award recipients by the Greater Akron Chamber.

Kent State Board of Trustees Approves Measures to Ensure University’s Financial Future

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The Kent State University Board of Trustees approved three important budgetary measures to counter expected revenue reductions due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic during a special Board meeting held May 6.

Ensuring Kent State’s Future

STEPS TO A FISCAL YEAR 2021 BALANCED BUDGET

Due to the unprecedented financial challenges brought about by COVID-19, Kent State University is pursuing measures to establish a balanced budget. As is our practice, we will continue to exercise prudent management to remain in good financial standing while providing a high-quality educational experience. To achieve a balanced budget, we must implement the following steps.

Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson

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Mike Johnson

Associate Vice President, University Budget and Financial Analysis
University Budget
Kent Campus

Job description:

Provide leadership, vision, direction and coordination of the university budgeting process. Supervise and monitor the budget to actual financial activity throughout the year.

WORKED AT KENT STATE SINCE:

October 2019

EMPLOYMENT PRIOR TO KENT STATE UNIVERSITY:

Cuyahoga Community College