Vice President, Global Education
Marcello Fantoni, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Global Education. Previously Fantoni served as director of Kent State University in Florence, Italy, and the university’s Europe manager. He also taught historical studies in architecture and urban design.
From 2005 through 2012, Dr. Fantoni served as director of Kent State in Florence, where student enrollment increased by 50 percent. He also held the position of the university’s Europe manager from January 2011 through 2012, overseeing Kent State’s campuses in Florence and Geneva, Switzerland. Fantoni created new curricula in communication, business, arts and sciences, education, arts and architecture in collaboration with Kent State deans and has developed six new summer programs. Before joining Kent State in 2005, Marcello served for nine years as director of Georgetown University in Florence. He is an accomplished historian of Europe and of the history of architecture. A renowned scholar, Fantoni has participated in numerous conferences and symposia, authored three books, edited 13 books and published several essays in books and journals. A native Italian speaker, Fantoni also speaks English, French, Spanish, German and basic Russian.
Fantoni received his master’s degree from the University of Florence, a doctoral degree from European University Institute and a post-doctoral degree from the University of Florence.