May 4, 50th Commemoration Event to Feature Former Kent State ROTC Members



KENT, Ohio – Members of the Kent State ROTC during May 4, 1970 will be featured during a special event on Thursday, November 7, 2019 in the Kent State Student Center, KIVA as part of the University’s May 4, 50th Commemoration events.


“Honoring Those Who Served in ROTC in 1970” 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 a 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.


Panelists will share memories of May 4, 1970 – and the days surrounding it – at the November event. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at A panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m.


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POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2019 - 1:33pm