Our mission is to provide quality service, meaningful accounting information and good stewardship of public assets to a diverse and dynamic campus community; as well as external stakeholders in order to facilitate the educational, research, and service mission of Kent State University.

The Controller's Office is comprised of six departments. We offer support services in the areas of accounts payable, grants accounting, financial and plant accounting, and student receivable accounting. We provide diligent efforts and dependable financial services to the campus community through professional expertise, developing practical procedures and processes, promoting efficient systems, maintaining sound financial records, and seeking continuous improvements. We safeguard the University by ensuring adherence to regulatory and other requirements from the federal and state levels.

Accounts Payable

Processes all payment requests for all eight campuses, oversees the JPMC PCard program, maintains vendor master file, provides administrative support for the employee expense reimbursement application, provides guidance and support to all university departments regarding payment practices and policies, prepares all required tax reporting, including issuance of 1099's. 

Financial Accounting

Coordinates month-end and year-end closes; processes journal entries; prepares bank account reconciliations, prepares and reviews balance sheet reconciliations; review and analysis of various financial transactions; oversight for capital asset accounting; participates in preparation of financial statements and other required financial reporting.

Grants Accounting

Provides accounting oversight and monitoring for all externally funded grants and contracts, works closely with Research and Sponsored Programs and university departments to ensure compliance with federal, state and agency regulations.  Oversees the effort certification reporting process, prepares journal entries and balance sheet reconciliations, participates in the preparation of financial statements and other required financial reporting. 

Payroll

Processes payroll for all Kent State campuses, oversees and administers the Empower timekeeping application, processes withholding payment requests, prepares payroll tax and retirement reporting.

Student Receivable Accounting

Provides accounting support to the Bursar's Office, maintenance of fee assessment process in Banner; various review and analysis related to student accounts receivable and student financial aid; issues 1098T tax statements, provides accounting support for student loan programs, participates in financial statement preparation and other required financial reporting.

Tax & Treasury Services

Oversees all tax reporting and compliance related to sales tax, real estate tax and unrelated business income tax; also responsible for compliance related to tax-exempt debt; and provides guidance on tax related matters to university departments.  

Oversees the daily cash management, cash forecasting and investments; coordinates debt issuances and preparation of on-going debt disclosures; participates in the preparation of financial statements.