Executive Vice President and Provost | Kent State University

Executive Vice President and Provost

Todd A. Diacon, Ph.D.

Todd A. Diacon

Executive Vice President and Provost
Division of Academic Affairs


  • B.A., Southwestern College
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Job Description

Provost Diacon leads the largest of Kent State’s six divisions and is responsible for the administration, faculty and staff within the university’s 10 colleges and seven Regional Campuses. Diacon provides leadership in the areas of curriculum, academic personnel and faculty affairs, research, experiential education and civic engagement, student success and global education. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, he assists in the development and administration of university policies and strategic goals.

Direct Reports

  • Senior Associate Provost, Melody J. Tankersley
  • Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs, Sue N. Averill
  • Associate Provost, Stephen Nameth (Interim)
  • Associate Provost, Global Education, Marcello Fantoni
  • Associate Provost, Mandy Munro-Stasiuk (Interim)
  • Senior Associate Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management, T. David Garcia
  • Associate Vice President, Operations and Administration, Jennifer N. McDonough
  • Associate Vice President, Finance, Vacant
  • Interim Associate Vice President, Continuing and Distance Education, Valerie Kelly
  • Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Jennifer Marcinkiewicz, Ph.D.
  • Director, University Ceremonies, Events and Special Programs, Lashonda M. Taylor
  • Project Manager, Academic Affairs, Karen M. Keenan
  • Assistant to the Provost, Emily S. Myers
  • Dean, College of Aeronautics & Engineering, Robert G. Sines Jr. (Interim)
  • Dean, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Douglas L. Steidl
  • Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, James L. Blank
  • Dean, College of the Arts, John R. Crawford
  • Dean, College of Business Administration, Deborah F. Spake
  • Dean, College of Communication and Information, Amy L. Reynolds
  • Dean, College of Public Health, Sonia A. Alemagno
  • Dean, College of Education, Health and Human Services, James Hannon
  • Dean, College of Nursing, Barbara A. Broome
  • Dean, University College, Eboni J. Pringle
  • Dean, University Libraries, James K. Bracken
  • Dean, Graduate Studies, Melody J. Tankersley (Interim)
  • Dean, College of Podiatric Medicine, Allan M. Boike


tdiacon@kent.edu, 330-672-8529