Greetings from Dean Bielski
Since early August, I’ve been filling the role as interim dean and chief administrative officer for the Kent State Columbiana County Campuses and learning to navigate between the two campuses, as well as with my home campus in Tuscarawas County. I’ve been welcomed in supportive and reassuring ways, confirming that the East Liverpool and Salem campuses are willing to maneuver through changes and embracing the future with a spirit of determination.
Technology certainly makes it easier for me to manage multiple locations, but I assure you that the faculty, staff, administration and community members associated with these campuses are the keys to making it easier to be an effective leader.
As I spend more time in Columbiana County and as I meet more individuals, I gain a deeper appreciation for the work being done here and for the role each campus plays in its respective community. I am greatly impressed by the commitment to our students and the sincere efforts to provide meaningful experiences for each one.
We are well into the fall semester and learning to navigate through the post-COVID changes we encounter. It is refreshing to see students filling the halls, classrooms and study areas again. It is also refreshing to see faculty and staff engaging with the students in person, and to be able to host activities on our campus.
Within this newsletter, you will find more information about me and my experience in higher education, specifically at Kent State University. I admit that I was a busy man before accepting the job as interim dean of the Columbiana County campuses, but I pledge that I am committed to continuing the traditions rooted here and to helping provide a gateway through which students can pursue their ambitions.
Thank you for your continued support of the East Liverpool and Salem campuses. Many lives have been transformed because of Kent State’s presence in Columbiana County and our mission is to continue making a difference. Here, anywhere is possible!
With sincere appreciation,
Dr. Bradley Bielski
Interim Dean and CAO
Kent State Columbiana County Campuses