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Fall 2015: 1980s


Alumni Association MemberMatt Steele, Sandy, Utah, joined Alaska Aerospace Corporation as vice president for business development. He is responsible for securing small and medium class satellite launches from the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska, as well as developing diversification strategies for AAC.


Alumni Association MemberJose Gonzalez-Taboada, DBA, Caguas, Puerto Rico, is the new dean of the AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration of the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras.

Alumni Association MemberJohn Hollabaugh, Mentor, Ohio, wrote, “I am now an account executive at WKYC NBC3 Cleveland, thus completing a career working at WJW, WOIO/WUAB, & WEWS in Cleveland Television. Could never have done it without Kent State!”


John Henning, MEd, PhD ’99, Athens, Ohio, was named new dean for the School of Education at Monmouth University. He joined the university community on July 1, 2015. 

Heidi Johnson-Wright, JD ’86, Miami, Fla., an ADA compliance professional, attorney and author, spoke to the students in Professor Frank Martinez’s Architecture Design and Theory class about the importance of the University of Miami School of Architecture’s commitment to an inclusive built environment. Johnson-Wright, who has used a wheelchair for mobility for 40 years, has published more than 1,000 articles on universal and inclusive design and the built environment. 


Patrick Liverpool, DBA, Henrico, Va., has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Michael Zagger, Redmond, Wa., was named vice president of sales and marketing at EndoGastric Solutions Inc., a leader in incisionless procedural therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in June. 


Dean Tondiglia, MPA ’97, Stow, Ohio, has been named Kent State University’s new chief of police. Prior to leading Kent State Police Services, Tondiglia served as the university’s assistant chief of police and associate director of public safety (a role he will retain). 

Steve Wright, Miami, Fla., celebrated in March the first anniversary of Steve Wright Marketing Communications. The Miami–based boutique firm provides marketing, business development, public relations, social media content and copywriting services to town planning, urban design, architecture, transportation, sustainability and related professional services firms. An award-winning journalist in Ohio, Wright worked as the senior urban policy advisor to the chairman of the Miami City Commission before heading the marketing group for Arquitectonica, one of the world’s largest global architecture firms. 


Alumni Association MemberKenneth Smith, MBA, Hudson, Ohio, retired from PolyOne Corp. in June, 2014. He had served as the company’s chief information officer since it was formed in 2000, and he had also taken on the role of human resources officer in 2003. Prior to that, he had been with BF Goodrich/Geon since 1989.


John Burkey, MA, Kent, Ohio, published The Hearing-Loss Guide: Useful Information and Advice for Patients and Families (March 2015, Yale University Press), based on his twenty-five years as an audiologist at the Lippy Group for Ear, Nose & Throat in Warren, Ohio.