Communications

Let’s Renew Our Commitment To Kent State’s Core Values

President Diacon reflects on Kent State's core values. (1/16/24)


Warm Wishes From Todd Diacon and Moema Furtado

Season's Greetings from President Todd Diacon and First Lady Moema Furtado (12/18/23)


University Budget Update

President Diacon's communication to faculty and staff about the university's budget. (10/17/23)


Supporting Each Other During Overwhelming Times

President Diacon reflects on the violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip and encourages members of the Kent State community to practice and follow our Kent State core values. (10/10/23)


Students – Introducing the Division of People, Culture and Belonging

President Diacon shares with students that the university has brought two existing divisions together to form a new unit to better serve and support the Kent State community. (10/4/23)


Faculty and Staff – Introducing the Division of People, Culture and Belonging

President Diacon shares with faculty and staff that the university is bringing two existing divisions together to form a new unit to better serve and support the Kent State community. (9/22/23)


We’re Blue, Gold and Grateful

President Diacon welcomes faculty and staff to the fall semester and another academic year filled with promise. (8/24/23)


Leadership Transition in Student Affairs

President Diacon shares with the university community a leadership transition in the Division of Student Affairs. (7/18/23)


Our Deep Commitment to Access and Completion

President Diacon discusses the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in higher education and how it will not affect the university’s deep commitment to access and completion for all Kent State students. (6/29/23)


Update on Our Paris American Academy Friends and Colleagues

An update on the explosion at the Paris American Academy’s historic building, which had served as Kent State’s Paris home for 16 years. (6/28/23)


President Diacon Discusses Advancing Legislation in Columbus

Reminds the university community about our core values and our one core value that best captures our aspiration to be a supportive community: respect, kindness and purpose in all we do. (6/8/23)


Finalists Selected For Vice President For Research And Sponsored Programs

President Diacon is pleased to announce the search committee has completed the initial phase of its national search, recommending three finalists for the position of vice president for research and sponsored programs. (11/21/22)


University Budget Update

President Diacon's communication to faculty and staff about the university's budget. (10/14/22)


Indigenous Peoples Day

President Diacon's message about Indigenous Peoples Day 2022. (10/10/22)


Search For Vice President For Research And Sponsored Programs

President Diacon announces the launch of Kent State's national search for an accomplished and collaborative leader to serve as our vice president for research and sponsored programs. Working to maintain momentum as an R1 institution, Kent State is now moving forward in identifying permanent leadership for the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs. (9/26/22)


Presidential Fellow

President Diacon announces the appointment of Joseph Ortiz, Ph.D., as the Kent State Presidential Fellow. (8/31/22)

 

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Talking with Todd - February 2024

President Todd Diacon addresses faculty and staff. (02/13/24)

 


 

Kindness and Respect – Love and Peace

President Diacon urges community to show empathy and support for those at the forefront of current events. (2/1/24)

 


 

Talking with Todd - November 2023

President Todd Diacon addresses faculty and staff. (11/30/23)

 


 

Talking with Todd - October 2023

President Todd Diacon addresses faculty and staff. (10/17/23)

 


 

Talking with Todd - September 2023

President Todd Diacon addresses faculty and staff. (9/13/23)

 


 

'That's The Kent State Way. Freedom Of Speech. Kindness And Respect.'

President Todd Diacon welcomed the Class of 2027 during a colorful and festive Convocation celebration, encouraging students to embrace the spirit of the university’s core values. (8/18/23)

 


 

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Our Students Graduating Today Are Tough. They Do Not Live in an Ivory Tower.

President's commencement address underscores what some elected leaders have gotten wrong about Kent State's students.

Kent State University President Todd Diacon delivered his commencement address to the thousands who gathered on Manchester Field on May 13 to celebrate the academic achievement of this year’s graduates. (5/17/23)

 


 

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What's The Big Idea? Citizen Science with Dr. Lydia Rose

Kent State University President Todd Diacon is at it again!

Todd Diacon visits the East Liverpool Campus to meet with Associate Professor of Sociology Lydia Rose, whose research focuses on improving community health and well-being through citizen science.

As part of his new video series called “What’s the Big Idea?”, Todd Diacon will take viewers inside the latest research opportunities happening at Kent State. (4/6/23)

 


 

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What's The Big Idea? AMLCI With Oleg Lavrentovich

This time, Todd Diacon finds himself at the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute (AMLCI).

Kent State President Todd Diacon meets with AMLCI Trustees Research Professor Oleg Lavrentovich, Ph.D., to discuss how his team is using liquid crystals to “domesticate” bacteria.

As part of his new video series called “What’s the Big Idea?”, Todd Diacon will take viewers inside the latest research opportunities happening at Kent State. (2/28/23)

 


 

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What's the Big Idea? Seeking a Deeper Understanding of the Mission of the Urban League

This time, he finds himself engaging with Elizabeth Smith-Pryor, Ph.D., associate professor of history with Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences.

So hop on board and let’s learn together.

As part of his new video series called “What’s the Big Idea?”, Todd Diacon will take viewers inside the latest research opportunities happening at Kent State. (12/7/22)

 


 

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What's the Big Idea? Birds and Drones

President Todd Diacon talks with a student and an assistant professor from Kent State's College of Aeronautics and Engineering about the research they are conducting involving birds, drones and the challenges in keeping them from colliding in the sky.

As part of his new video series called “What’s the Big Idea?”, Todd Diacon will take viewers inside the latest research opportunities happening at Kent State. (11/28/22)

 


 

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Todd Tries It: Academic Coaching

President Todd Diacon is in need of assistance to help catch up in his undergraduate French class that he enrolled in for fall semester. As his class meets four days per week, he's fallen a bit behind as students do from time to time.

So where does he turn? To Academic Coaching, of course, at the Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE).

For the latest installment of Todd Tries It, President Diacon is taking the initiative to ask for help. (11/4/22)

 


 

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What's the Big Idea? Trauma Room Design

Ready for a ride and a peek into the future?

President Diacon Explores the Future of Emergency Care With Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D.

As part of his new video series called “What’s the Big Idea?”, Todd Diacon will take viewers inside the latest research opportunities happening at Kent State. (10/28/22)

 


 

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Todd Tries It: Culinary Services

Can Todd Diacon handle the heat of Culinary Services? Or is this a kitchen nightmare?

Kent State President Todd Diacon gives KSU Culinary Services a hand in the latest video of the "Todd Tries It" series.

This collaboration was part of the ongoing “Todd Tries It” (TTI) initiative where President Diacon immerses himself in an academic or campus activity to further connect with students, staff and faculty. (5/11/22)

 


 

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Todd Tries It: Custodial Services

Todd Diacon cleans up nicely as part of the Custodial Services crew.

Kent State President Todd Diacon gets the opportunity to work with our Custodial Services crew in the latest edition of Todd Tries It.

This collaboration was part of the ongoing “Todd Tries It” (TTI) initiative where President Diacon immerses himself in an academic or campus activity to further connect with students, staff and faculty. (5/11/22)

 


 

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Todd Tries It: Running Cross Country

Todd Diacon goes for the gold up against Kent State students!

The Kent State Track & Field/Cross Country teams give Kent State President Todd Diacon a run for his money in the latest edition of Todd Tries It.

This collaboration was part of the ongoing “Todd Tries It” (TTI) initiative where President Diacon immerses himself in an academic or campus activity to further connect with students, staff and faculty. (11/18/21)

 


 

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Todd Tries It: Field Hockey

Have the president's goal-keeping skills kept up over the years?

Kent State President Todd Diacon joins the Kent State University Golden Flashes field hockey team to take a swing at the sport in the latest edition of the Todd Tries It series!

Being a good sport was part of the ongoing “Todd Tries It” (TTI) initiative where President Diacon immerses himself in an academic or campus activity to further connect with students, staff and faculty. (10/13/21)

 


 

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Todd Tries It: Flight Simulator

How hard can it be to fly a plane?

Kent State President Todd Diacon got a glimpse of that task when he piloted the flight simulator used by students in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering.

The president’s visit was part of the ongoing “Todd Tries It” (TTI) initiative where President Diacon immerses himself in an academic or campus activity to further connect with students, staff and faculty. (2/28/20)

 


 

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Todd Tries It: TV2

Anchors Away! Todd Takes His Talents to TV2.

President Todd Diacon accepted the challenge of learning to read news live on the air and also to deliver the weather forecast from the green screen.

Taking part in TV2’s broadcast is part of the ongoing “Todd Tries It” (TTI) initiative where President Diacon immerses himself in an academic or campus activity to further connect with students, staff and faculty. (2/20/20)

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