Dean's Welcome

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.

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 offer comprehensive business education blending classroom instruction, experiential learning and education abroad to produce graduates that are exceptionally well prepared for the challenges of a global economy.

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 Tech Spot to provide technology services to the Kent campus.

With your help, we have been able to introduce experts’ speaker series, etiquette luncheons, undergraduate scholarships, internships and more to enhance the education our students are receiving.

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, Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship

National Advisory Board

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 our college with vital resources to connect with important external constituencies for information, financial support, expertise and information.


Academic Department Boards

Each academic department at the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship has its own Advisory Board. Members of these Advisory Boards represent businesses in Northeast Ohio and beyond. The Boards meet with administrators, faculty, and alumni of the academic department to discuss career opportunities for students, the relevance of curriculum to today's business needs, and partnerships between the academic and professional communities. Each Advisory Board has specific investment and engagement opportunities.


Giving Opportunities

There are many giving opportunities available with different levels of involvement.

The Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship Giving Priorities are:

  • Endowed Professorships and Chairs
  • Support for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
  • Technology funding for student laptop scholarships/laptop lending program
  • Naming opportunities for classrooms/centers
  • Support for the COBA Career Services Office
  • Scholarships
  • Faculty Development Fund

Volunteer Opportunities

There are opportunities to help current students by speaking to a class or mentoring a student.

To get involved, contact Tom Hoffman, Sr. Director, Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship Office of Institutional Advancement.

How to Give

Giving to the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship can be done in a variety of ways.

Please contact one of our staff members below.

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