Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director, KSU Foundation

Steve Sokany
Stephen G. Sokany

Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Executive Director, KSU Foundation
Division of Institutional Advancement


  • B.S., University of Detroit 
  • MBA, Kent State University

Job Description

Vice President Sokany is responsible for the overall leadership of the Division of Institutional Advancement, including the areas of Advancement, Advancement Information Services, Advancement Operations, Alumni Relations, Center for Gift and Estate Planning, Corporate Relations, Foundation Relations and the Kent State University Foundation. Vice President Sokany oversees all institutional advancement planning to include alumni events and engagement activities around the country. He is a member of the President’s Cabinet and directs the activities of the Kent State University Foundation Board as its executive director. He provides support for the Board of Trustees External Relations and Development Committee.

Direct Reports

  • Senior Associate Vice President, Advancement Operations, Valoree Vargo
  • Chief Financial Officer, Kent State University Foundation, Jessica Vargo
  • Assistant Vice President, Advancement Information Services, Laura Brown
  • Associate Vice President for Advancement, Michael J. Pasquarella
  • Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations, Lori Randorf
  • Executive Director, Foundation Relations, Benjamin Tipton
  • Assistant Foundation Board Secretary and Assistant to an Executive Officer, Julie Rayl

Contact, 330-672-6002

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