Kent State Hosts Legislative Reception

On Tuesday, May 24, Kent State University and the Kent State Legislative Delegation hosted a Legislative Reception in Columbus, Ohio, to thank the Ohio General Assembly for their support over the last year. The most recent win for the university includes more than $23.5 million in the Capital Budget Bill, which will fund projects on all eight Kent State campuses.

The event was co-hosted by the co-chairs of the Kent Legislative Delegation, State Sen. John Eklund (District 18) and State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (District 75).

The university, demonstrating its vast footprint and academic and economic impact in Northeast Ohio, was represented by Kent State President Beverly Warren, Provost Todd Diacon, Regional Campus and Academic Center deans and college deans from the Kent Campus.

During what turned out to be a very busy legislative day in Columbus, those who attended the reception included Eklund, State Sen. Frank LaRose (District 27), State Rep. John Boccieri (District 59), State Rep. Sarah LaTourette (District 76), State Rep. Sean O’Brien (District 63) and State Rep. John Becker (District 65), among others.

Kent State’s Office of Government and Community Relations coordinated the reception. The office serves as the university’s hub for public sector interactions at the federal, state and local levels.

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Pictured (left to right) are State Sen. John Eklund; Kent State President Beverly Warren; Nick Cirino, from the Office of State Rep. Kathleen Clyde; Brady Oxender, Kent State Government and Community Relations; Pete Shiply, from the Office of State Rep. Kathleen Clyde; and Douglas Steidl, dean of Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design (in the background).