About Us

 

AMBASSADOR EDWARD F. CRAWFORD

Ambassador CrawfordThe son of Irish immigrants, Ambassador Crawford began his career as an entrepreneur in 1962, starting his first manufacturing business while attending college classes at night. Beginning in 1992, he built Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. through a series of more than 100 transactions, growing from a small local manufacturer into a successful international corporation. Under his leadership as Chairman and CEO, Park-Ohio became a publicly traded $1.6 billion industrial supply chain logistics and diversified manufacturing business, employing more than 7,000 people in 125 locations worldwide. After serving the country as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland from 2019-2021, he returned to America in his current roles as Chairman of Crawford United Corporation, CEO of The Crawford Group and Director of Park-Ohio.

Ambassador Crawford provided the largest single gift in Kent State history to enable the construction of a new business building on the university’s Kent campus. In recognition of the generosity of Ambassador Crawford and his family, the college was named the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship and the new building will be named Crawford Hall.

The Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship is also home to the Ambassador’s ASPIRE Entrepreneurial Workshop Series, which he launched while posted in Ireland.

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

Welcome to the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Kent State University. Here, you'll find some of the best undergraduate, graduate, executive, research and outreach programs in business not only in Ohio, but also in the nation and around the globe. You may read our college newsletter, which you can subscribe to on our site or by texting COBANEWSLETTER to 22828, to discover all that's happening at the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship (This service can only be used in the United States).

We strive for excellence in all that we do, and that commitment shows in the strength of our programs and partnerships with the business community. We are home to the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, which continues to launch student businesses each year into the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem to grow our region’s economy. The Global Management Center’s partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service has forged an US Export Assistance Center located in the College to enhance export outreach to Northeast Ohio businesses and give business students global business experience. The Center for Information Systems brings state-of-the-art technology into our classrooms and supports initiatives such as The TechHelp Service & Repair Center to provide technology services to the Kent campus.

From new business start-ups to discoveries about the impact of diversity on corporate boards our pioneering faculty members are training the next generation of business leaders, while creating new knowledge to help today’s businesses excel.

Finally, the College is globally connected through international partnerships and a wide range of education abroad offerings; as well as faculty, students and alumni with ties to more than 100 countries. I invite you to explore all that the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship has to offer and share in our promise – From Kent, the World.

DEBORAH F. SPAKE, PH.D.
Dean
dspake@kent.edu
330-672-1101


OUR MISSION

We provide global impact through innovative education, leading research, and meaningful engagement with the business community. We are guided by our core values of respect, ethics, collaboration and a sense of purpose in all we do.


EVENTS

The Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship hosts numerous professional events on and off campus for students, alumni and the business community. Stay up-to-date by reading our Dean's newsletter and by connecting with us on social media.

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NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

The College of Business Administration building on a spring day.

The National Advisory Board is made up of prominent Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship alumni throughout the country. The board provides an external point of view that provides the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship with vital resources to connect with important external constituencies for information, financial support, expertise and information.

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RESEARCH AND EXPERTISE

Many Kent State Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship faculty members actively contribute their business expertise to a variety of respected third-party organizations and publications in addition to their university-based endeavors and research. As experts within their respective fields of study, these individuals are a credit to our academic programs and to the ongoing pursuit of excellence in professional business.

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RANKINGS AND FACTS


We are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – an accreditation earned by fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide. Plus we have been ranked as one of the best colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Our MBA programs have been rated by Princeton Review as a best business school and our Executive MBA programs are ranked 12th in North America by CEO magazine.

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RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

The Sustainable Development Goals logo/seal.The Responsible Leadership Initiative promotes business as a force for good and demonstrates through practice and research how business can drive achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established in 2016 by the United Nations Global Compact. The Responsible Leadership Initiative is supported by the College’s core values of respect, ethics, collaboration and a sense of purpose in all we do.

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SPIRIT OF WOMEN IN BUSINESS

The Spirit of Women in Business Conference is an annual event hosted by the Kent State University Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

The conference brings together women from diverse professional backgrounds. Last year, more than 250 business professionals, along with undergraduate and graduate students from Northeast Ohio and beyond, attended the event. The day-long conference includes a 60 minute keynote speech with Q&A, as well as three breakout sessions, each with presentation options for attendees to choose.

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FOR THE MEDIA

The Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship Guide to Experts is a listing of faculty and professional staff who serve as industry experts based on their credentials, interests and backgrounds in various disciplines.

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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

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CONTACT US

Office of the Dean

P.O. Box 5190
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
330-672-1101