Kent State Selects Angela Spalsbury as New Dean of Kent State University at Geauga and the Regional Academic Center
Angela Spalsbury, Ph.D., of Chesterland, Ohio, has been selected as the new dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Geauga in Burton and Kent State’s Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg. A Kent State alumna, Dr. Spalsbury currently serves as professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Youngstown State University. She will join Kent State on Jan. 1, 2018.
“I am sincerely looking forward to being a part of the dynamic Kent State family,” Dr. Spalsbury says. “I will work diligently with faculty, staff and students to foster a thriving academic environment at Geauga and Twinsburg that best serves the needs of their communities. I am excited about engaging with local businesses and residents to help meet their workforce and educational goals. Geauga County has been my home for decades, and I know that there is much talent to cultivate in this region.”
Todd Diacon, Kent State’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, says Dr. Spalsbury is an excellent fit to serve as dean of Kent State Geauga and the Regional Academic Center.
“Angela Spalsbury knows Northeast Ohio and the challenges and opportunities of public higher education in the state,” Provost Diacon says. “This knowledge, her experience and the fact that she resides in Geauga County will allow her to quickly face our challenges and capitalize on our opportunities.”
Dr. Spalsbury’s position reports to Nathan Ritchey, Ph.D., vice president for Kent State System Integration.
“We are delighted that Angela Spalsbury has accepted our offer to lead the Kent State University campus in Geauga, including the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg,” Vice President Ritchey says. “Angela brings great talent, creativity and enthusiasm to our students, to our faculty and to the communities we support. I am confident that with Angela’s leadership, the Geauga Campus is poised to achieve great things in the future.”
Dr. Spalsbury has served as chair of Youngstown State’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 2013. She first joined the department in 2001 and rose the ranks from assistant professor to associate professor to professor and chair. Prior to joining Youngstown State, she worked at John Carroll University, Hiram College and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Her research interests include functional analysis, mathematics and art, measure theory and operator theory. Dr. Spalsbury is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Association for Women in Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America. She has served as president of Pi Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honorary society.
Dr. Spalsbury earned three degrees – a Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy – in pure mathematics from Kent State. She also earned a Master of Science from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Dr. Spalsbury will succeed Susan Stocker, Ph.D., who has been serving as interim dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State Geauga and Kent State’s Regional Academic Center since Aug. 20, 2016, in addition to her permanent duties as dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Ashtabula.