Style and Brand Updates

New Administrators and Appointments

J.R. Campbell, executive director of Kent State University’s Design Innovation Initiative, effective fall 2018.


Sarah J. Rogers, director of the Kent State University Museum, effective Aug. 1.


New Kent State Board of Trustees Members

Robert S. Frost of Lakewood, Ohio. Mr. Frost’s appointment runs through May 16, 2026. He fills the seat of former Trustee Stephen Colecchi, whose term expired in 2017.


The Rev. Dr. Todd C. Davidson Sr. of Lyndhurst, Ohio. Dr. Davidson’s appointment began June 13, 2018, and ends May 16, 2027. He fills the seat of former Trustee Lawrence Pollock, whose term expired this year.


Catherine Ross, Ph.D., was appointed as National Trustee for a three-year term at the June 6, 2018, Board of Trustees meeting. Dr. Ross currently works at Georgia Institute of Technology. A Kent State graduate, Dr. Ross joins Michael Solomon in this nonvoting role.


Undergraduate Student Trustee Nick Kollar of Stow, Ohio. Mr. Kollar’s appointment began Aug. 10, 2018, and ends May 6, 2020. He replaces Carly Evans, whose term as a student trustee expired.


New University Initiatives


Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State - a 10-year facilities master plan that embarks on a $1 billion transformative journey of the Kent Campus to better serve the needs of students and the entire Kent State community. The plan enhances the welcoming feel of the university’s iconic Front Campus and genuine sense of place, elevates inclusive healthy living-learning environments, links a campus-wide series of spaces focused on innovation and expands the dynamic synergy with the city of Kent. Visit:


Name Changes


The Center for Architecture and Environmental Design has been named The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design. Please note capitalization of The in the new name. This was approved by the Kent State Board of Trustees at its meeting on Sept. 12, 2018.


The Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS) is now the Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services. The acronym stays the same.


Eastway Fresh Food Company (formerly known as Eastway Café), The Market (formerly known as Kent Market II) on the ground floor of the Kent Student Center.


Handshake is the new online platform to manage student employment, replacing Flash @ Work.


Liquid Crystal Institute has revised its name to the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, effective fall 2018.


Welcome Weekend is now KSU Kickoff.



New Venues


Mary J. Timken Theatre, located on the first floor in the Fine Arts Building at Kent State University at Stark. 


A group of design studios in The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design has been named the John and Fonda Elliot Design Studios.


The east wing on the second floor of the Rockwell Hall Atrium has been named the Carol A. and Douglas M. Mancino Atrium Wing.



Marketing Bullets


Globally recognized, Nationally ranked, Locally vital.Programs, schools and colleges ranked among the world’s best.Among the first-tier, Best National Universities — U.S. News & World Report (more below).

Among the Top Public Schools U.S. News & World Report.

One of 76 public higher-research universities, as categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. (This is not a ranking, so we must not use language such as Kent State is ranked among)

$3.4 billion annual economic impact on the Northeast Ohio region.

More than 245,000 alumni worldwide.

More than 400 student organizations.

More than 282 undergraduate programs of study.



Enrollment Counts

  • More than 38,000 students system-wide. (We use fall enrollment figures for the entire year.)
    • Kent Campus, more than 27,000 students.
    • Regional Campuses, more than 11,000 students.
  • Largest freshman class in the university’s history with 4,363 new freshmen.
  • Students from all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
  • More than 1,700 international students from 100 countries.


More About U.S. News & World Report

Once again, Kent State earned a coveted first-tier spot on the Best National Universities list by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 Best Colleges rankings. The Best National Universities list includes both public and private universities nationwide. Kent State is one of only six public universities in the state to make the top-tier list. In addition, Kent State is included on the Top Public Schools list with a rank of 104. Kent State is the only Northeast Ohio institution on the Top Public Schools list.

Press release:


About Kent State University (boilerplate copy)

Kent State University is one of 76 public higher-research universities, as categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is ranked in the first-tier list of Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report. With eight campuses spanning Northeast Ohio, a College of Podiatric Medicine, a Regional Academic Center, and academic sites in major world cities such as New York City, Geneva and Florence, Kent State is one of Ohio’s leading public universities and a major educational, economic and cultural resource far beyond the Northeast Ohio region it has served since 1910. The student body comprises more than 38,000 students, including more than 1,700 international students from 100 countries, and the worldwide alumni family exceeds 245,000. The addition of new learning environments from the sciences to the arts and the development of exciting new academic programs such as aerospace engineering, geographic information science and business analytics characterize Kent State’s focus on transformational educational experiences.  

For more information about Kent State, visit


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POSTED: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 03:19 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 03:19 PM