Last July, I eagerly joined this vibrant community and felt it was important to listen and learn from so many who care deeply about Kent State. During more than 50 scheduled events in the Presidential Listening Tour, more than 5,000 participants generously shared their thoughts, ideas, concerns and suggestions about the university.
The answers to the question “What is the heart of Kent State?” were as varied as the individuals who voiced them. However, some common themes emerged from the comments shared both in person and in written form.
I look forward to sharing this information with you, as well as our next steps, as we integrate these findings into our plans for the bright future of Kent State.
President, Kent State University
"The Heart of Kent State": Report on the 2014 Presidential Listening Tour - Feb. 3, 2015
Good afternoon! It is a pleasure to be with you today. It has been a brisk start to the new year — and I most certainly refer to more than our weather. In fact, it's been such a strong start that I make this confident prediction about 2015: It's going to be a year in which Kent State sees big dreams realized, sets bold ideas in motion and gains even greater momentum toward a future that excites us all.
As 2014 drew to a close, I found myself reflecting on our momentum and the many great moments I had the good fortune to enjoy. At the top of my list was the announcement that I would be joining the Kent State community. It has been a tremendous year of learning more about this outstanding university and the people behind its stunning success — people who contribute so much and care so deeply about our future together.