1970 Kent ROTC Remembers the May 4 Tragedy, Cadet William Schroeder and the May 2 ROTC Building Fire

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Thursday, 07 November, 2019 - 6:30 pm to Friday, 08 November, 2019 - 9:00 pm

Kent Student Center

This program will bring together a panel of former ROTC members to recount and discuss their personal experiences related to May 4, 1970, including the burning of the ROTC building and the loss of ROTC cadet William Knox Schroeder.


Panelists include:


  • Richard Krumel ’71, retired executive recruiter. Krumel attained certification as both a Certified Behavioral Analyst and Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC). Following his graduation from Kent State with a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications and the U.S. Army R.O.T.C. program, Krumel was commissioned as an Army Signal Corps officer and served on active duty for more than seven years. He earned an MBA with emphasis in government acquisition management and contracting from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1980. Krumel serves on the Kent State University Foundation Board and served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of Personnel Services for many years in various capacities including as president. Previously, he worked in product and project management for U.S. government support contractors involved in secure telecommunications products, AC power generation and engineering services.
  • Retired Lt. Colonel Greg Long ’71, Managing Partner, Long, Cook & Samsa, Inc., CPA’s. Long serves as treasurer and chair for the Committee on Finance on the University’s Foundation Board, is a member of the College of Business Administration’s National Advisory Board and chairs the College’s Accounting Advisory Council. Long served in the active Army Reserves through Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and retired in 1994.
  • Rod Myers ’71, retired sales and marketing professional. Myers earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kent State and an MBA in marketing and finance from Ohio State University. He learned and practiced leadership and management skills while serving for two years as a U.S. Army Medical Service Corps executive officer. He then spent most of his career working with small, medium and large insurance companies in helping them build and manage sales and marketing networks.
  • Dave Rust recently retired as a senior photojournalist at CNN after a 39-year career, starting at the network the day it launched in 1980. Over his career, he covered stories in all 50 states and every continent in the world. Rust saw the impact that news coverage had on the events surrounding May 4, 1970, and chose to become a photojournalist in order to have that kind of impact.