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

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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


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.


October 2019


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