Message from the Dean

As the Fall semester started, President Beverly Warren has endorsed a bold vision for the University's future. Her priorities include putting students first, advancing Kent State as nationally distinctive and distinguished, remaining globally competitive, boosting our regional impact and ensuring excellence in University stewardship.

In support of President Warren's vision, the college strives to provide students with an engaged learning environment that allows them to be globally competitive. Our goal is to graduate informed citizens and successful leaders. We believe through the college's continued national recognition that we are on the right path; as demonstrated recently with the college's endorsement by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). Kent State's accounting program is now one of only 23 programs to meet the high standards required by the IMA.

We also take pride in the college's efforts to foster entrepreneurial activity and economic development through our Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (CEBI). On November 5th, CEBI's Michael D. Solomon Speaker Series will welcome alumnus Keith Levy as the keynote speaker. Mr. Levy's success as president of Royal Canin and former vice president and chief marketing officer of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. will be of interest to both students and the general public.

Finally, we take seriously the responsibility for ensuring the future advancement and vitality of the college through strategic initiatives on the advice of the college's National Advisory Board; which this fall welcomes new leadership with Board Chair Tim Eippert and Vice Chair Lou Schneeberger, as well as three new members.

I am excited to see President Warren's vision take shape, along with the continued growth and success of the college.


Deborah F. Spake


POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 11:16 AM
UPDATED: Thursday, December 08, 2022 05:27 PM

Kent State’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers one of the nation's most outstanding online MBA programs, according to The Princeton Review®. The education services company profiles the College in its Top 50 Online MBA Programs for 2023 ranking. Kent State’s Online MBA program is the only one in Ohio to be ranked in the Top 50.

Kent State University’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship has undergone the rigorous process to ensure the highest standards in business education. The College is among an elite group of institutions to achieve dual accreditation in business and accounting and was recently reaffirmed for accreditation by AACSB International.

Research conducted by Kent State and Illinois State faculty found that a COVID-19 diagnosis lowered same-semester GPA for students at a state university.

C. Lockwood Reynolds, Ph.D., professor of economics at the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship, along with co-author Timothy Harris, assistant professor of economics at Illinois State, studied data provided by a large public university to help better understand how a COVID-19 diagnosis affected student success in higher education.