Presidential Perspectives

Spring/Summer 2018

The Road Ahead

We intend to create a more beautiful, walkable environment that will ENERGIZE our landscape and ELEVATE our Kent Campus on a national level.

At Kent State University, we are committed to transforming lives and communities through the power of discovery, learning and creative expression in an inclusive environment. 

Guided by that mission, we have developed a new Kent Campus facilities master plan—approved by the Board of Trustees in March—that looks ahead over the next decade and brings to life our commitment to an engaged and vibrant living-learning community. 

Shaped by the many voices that care deeply about the vision and direction of Kent State, this 10-year plan will touch every college on the Kent Campus and strengthen our connection to our home city of Kent.

A tireless planning team worked for 18 months to envision a bold and engaging framework that reflects the priorities and preferences of the community—and provides a roadmap for the dynamic transformation of our Kent Campus.

The new facilities master plan will enhance our sense of place with new interior and exterior spaces, revitalize mature facilities sensitively and sustainably and promote the pursuit of innovation in all our efforts. 

Building improvements and purpose-built classrooms, studios and labs will better serve the needs of students, faculty, staff and the community. In addition, we intend to create a more beautiful, walkable environment that will energize our landscape and elevate our Kent Campus on a national level. The plan represents the university’s continued commitment to a students-first environment,
a top priority that we build upon every day.

For the first phase of the plan’s implementation, the proposed College of Business Administration building will serve as an anchor as we extend our iconic Front Campus to include a Main Street gateway to the university, additional green spaces and a new parking deck. 

Transformative projects like these will invigorate curiosity and champion collaboration across our community, sparking purposeful learning and creativity that will make a difference in lives and communities. 

We have much to celebrate. Together, there is no telling how far we will go. 

Beverly J. Warren

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