Graduate Programs Director Louise Ditchey Retires After 32 Years of Service

KENT, Ohio – After 32 years of service, Louise Ditchey, Director of Graduate Programs for the College of Business Administration, has retired.


Ditchey began in the role in 1988 and worked with several thousand graduate students during her tenure. From a completely face-to-face learning environment in 1988 to a semester finished through remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020, Ditchey has seen many different phases of graduate education at Kent State.


Ditchey noted that one enjoyable aspect of her career was that it allowed her to learn about different experiences through the lens of graduate students.


“I learned what it was like to be in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and survive.  Other students told me what it was like to lose a job after decades at a large company that closed operations during the Great Recession in 2009. Recently, I have heard the uncertainties of students who are facing the effects of COVID-19 on their careers, lives and families,” Ditchey said.


“Along the way I was also fortunate to learn of marriages, new houses, children, job promotions and life’s milestones for our students,” she continued. “Advising appointments involved spending a few minutes discussing course selection and the rest of the time getting to know one another as real people. It’s the part of my job that I will miss the most, and I will be always grateful to the Kent State graduate students for adding a human element to my understanding of the world.”


Although she officially retired from her position in June, Ditchey plans to stay involved on campus through her volunteer work with several organizations.


Roberto Chavez, who previously served as an Assistant Director in the College’s Undergraduate Programs Office, stepped into the role as Director of the Graduate Business Programs Office on July 1. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Kent State University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education from Kent State.


“My 10 years of experience working in the College of Business Administration Undergraduate Programs Office has greatly prepared me for the role of Director of Graduate Programs,” Chavez said. “I am deeply passionate about working with students to achieve their educational goals and I look forward to the opportunity to support graduate students in their pursuit of advanced education.”


About Kent State Graduate Business Programs


The Kent State College of Business Administration holds dual accreditation from AACSB and is one of only 64 business schools worldwide to achieve accreditation in both business administration and accounting.


The College offers numerous graduate business degree options including highly ranked Executive, Online and in-person MBA programs; five dual degree programs; a Master of Arts in Economics; a Master of Science in Accounting; online and in-person Master of Science in Business Analytics programs and a comprehensive Ph.D. program.


The Online MBA program ranked as a Best Online Program by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the Online MBA program is ranked #1 in Ohio by MBA Central and #46 in the QS global ranking. Nearly all of Kent State’s online MBA core courses have earned Quality Matters certification with the remainder expected to be certified in the coming months.

Click here for a complete list of graduate business program rankings.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 10:20am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 10:59am