Presidential Perspectives

Spring/Summer 2019

“Dr. Diacon’s substantial contributions to Kent State’s advancement over the past seven years demonstrate that he is the right person at the right time to continue our remarkable momentum and progress.” —Ralph Della Ratta, Board chair


fter a rigorous national search, the Kent State University Board of Trustees has appointed Todd Diacon, PhD, Kent State’s executive vice president and provost, as its next university president at a special Board meeting held Monday, April 29. President-elect Diacon will begin his term as Kent State’s 13th president on July 1. He succeeds President Beverly J. Warren, who is stepping down as president after five years of exemplary service to the university.

“Dr. Diacon knows Kent State well and has a deep understanding of the university’s strengths and potential,” says Ralph Della Ratta, chair of the Kent State Board of Trustees. “We all agree that he has the leadership ability to accelerate our momentum in reaching our highest aspirations. Dr. Diacon is committed to advancing Kent State’s position as a top-tier public research university and our intense focus on strengthening student success, research and academic excellence.”

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With heartfelt appreciation for the enduring support, collaborative spirit and fond memories of the amazing people who have been instrumental in our shared successes during the last five years, I extend my best wishes to the entire Kent State University family.

We value:
A distinctive blend of teaching, research and creative excellence;

Active inquiry and discovery that expand knowledge and human understanding;

Life-changing educational experiences for students with wide-ranging talents and aspirations;

A living-learning environment that creates a genuine sense of place;

Engagement that inspires positive change;

Diversity of culture, beliefs, identity and thought;

Freedom of expression and the free exchange of ideas;

A collaborative community;

Respect, kindness and purpose in all that we do.

Beverly J. Warren

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