New Hires, Promotions Announced at Convocation

New hires, promotions on Columbiana County Campuses

Dr. David Dees, interim dean of the Kent State University Columbiana County Campuses, recently recognized several employees during the annual Fall Convocation held on the East Liverpool Campus.

Those recognized include:

New Faculty – East Liverpool:
  • Marvine’ Brown, nursing
New Faculty – Salem:
  • Dr. Ling Wu, sociology/criminology and justice studies
  • Hideki Wakita, math, transferred from the East Liverpool Campus to the Salem Campus
New Staff – East Liverpool:
  • Tiffany Kiphart, interim director of physical therapy
  • Kenneth Butler, custodial employee
New Staff – Salem:
  • Jeff Christopher, senior facility manager, shared with East Liverpool Campus
Promotions – East Liverpool:
  • Wendy Adkins, senior library associate
  • Dr. Shawn Golden, associate professor, computer technology
  • Deborah Hager, associate lecturer, nursing
  • Moneeka Pelley, IT user support associate
  • Dr. Lydia Rose, associate professor, sociology
  • Dr. Haiyan Zhu, associate professor
Promotions – Salem:
  • Phyllis DeFiore-Golden, senior lecturer, nursing
  • Melissa Fucci, associate professor, music
  • Brian Hall, senior IT user support analyst
  • Diane Hill, senior lecturer, nursing
  • Janeen Kotsch, senior lecturer, nursing
  • Bob Logan, associate lecturer, computer technology
  • Lorene Martin, senior lecturer, nursing
  • Leah Meek, senior lecturer, biological sciences
  • Maegan Richards, senior library associate
  • Karen Zapko, nursing, received her doctorate
POSTED: Friday, August 26, 2016 05:02 PM
UPDATED: Thursday, December 08, 2022 07:10 PM

More than 60%  of rural Americans live in areas the National Institute of Health deems to be underserved by mental health professionals and only about 20% of social workers nationwide are employed in rural areas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These stats, coupled with the high demand for licensed social workers — especially in areas like those surrounding Kent State University’s Regional Campuses — produce significant disparities and gaps in care for people needing social services.

Filling in those gaps is the primary aim of program director Matt Butler and the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program through Kent State’s College of Applied and Technical Studies (CATS), which will have an emphasis on rural social work.

At the end of the 2022 fall semester, the Columbiana County campuses literary journal, Black Squirrel Scholars, held a short fiction writing contest and the winners were announced at the beginning of the new semester.

Kent State Columbiana County Campuses will be a host for this multi-campus open house event.

Kent State University is inviting prospective students and families throughout Northeast Ohio to explore its Regional Campus System at a unique, simultaneous open house event.  

The inaugural Blue & Gold Night begins at 5:30 p.m. March 21.