March 2, 2020 (Updated April 24, 2020)

Kent State University, a top-ranked national public research university with eight campuses in Northeast Ohio, seeks an accomplished, dynamic and strategic academic leader and scholar to serve as senior vice president and provost. The successful candidate will play an instrumental role in leading Ohio’s largest multi-campus system at an important stage in its history and development. The senior vice president and provost joins an experienced and cohesive leadership team and works closely with the president, the Board of Trustees, deans, senior administrators, faculty, staff and students to continue the university’s rise among top-tier research universities.

Consistently among Ohio’s top three largest public universities at 37,000 students, Kent State University is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching among the nation’s 76 public higher-research universities and in the top-tier list of Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report. With eight campuses spanning Northeast Ohio, the College of Podiatric Medicine and academic sites in major world cities including New York City, Geneva and Florence, Kent State is one of Ohio’s leading public universities and a major educational, economic and cultural resource reaching far beyond the Northeast Ohio region it has served since 1910. The Kent Campus, which has a student body of 27,000, is located in Kent, a vibrant city of 30,000 within the greater Cleveland-Akron metropolitan area.

Qualifications include: a terminal degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution; 10 years of experience as a university-level faculty member and administrator at a doctoral-granting university; and an impressive academic record sufficient to qualify for faculty appointment at the rank of full professor. The ideal candidate will have a distinguished record of research, scholarship or creative activity that has greatly impacted the scholar’s discipline.

A complete position profile including the full list of attributes, qualifications, and key opportunities, as well as application requirements, may be found at: To assure full consideration, applications should be received by September 11, 2020.

Please direct nominations and inquiries to: Melissa K. Trotta, associate managing principal, AGB Search,, 202.776.0866 or Ellen L. Meyer, executive search consultant, AGB Search,, 404.808.2903.

Kent State University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.


February 18, 2020

Dear Members of the Kent State University Community

In keeping with my Jan. 23 message regarding key leadership transitions, I am pleased to announced that Kent State is launching the national search for Kent State’s next senior vice president and provost. My thanks to Dr. Pam Grimm and members of the Committee on Administrative Officers, the Regional Campuses Faculty Advisory Council, the Undergraduate Student Government and the Graduate Student Senate for working diligently to select their representatives for this important search committee. The position of provost is critical to our university’s success and provides instrumental leadership to ensure that we achieve, nurture and advance our commitment to student success and academic excellence.

Dr. Paul DiCorleto, vice president for research and sponsored programs, will chair the search committee. I am grateful to Dr. DiCorleto and all of the members of the search committee for their willingness to assist in recruiting an outstanding individual for this important role.

We have secured the services of AGB Search to assist in this process. AGB Search is one of the leading executive search firms with its entire practice dedicated to higher education. Dr. Melissa Trotta, associate managing principal, and Ellen Meyer, executive search consultant, will serve as the lead consultants from the firm working on this search. AGB Search was selected from among nine firms responding to the university’s request for proposals. The company has recruited more than 70 chief academic officers and most recently assisted Kent State in our highly successful searches for the directors of the Fashion School and the School of Music.

Committee Seeks Input From Kent State Community
The search committee is reaching out to the Kent State community to solicit feedback on issues and opportunities facing the university and the qualities we should seek in our next provost. This process will continue throughout the spring semester. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums this week to offer suggestions and perspectives:

  • Open Session – Wednesday, Feb. 19, 4-5 p.m., Room 334, University Library 
  • Faculty Session – Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-noon, Room 334, University Library
  • Open Session – Thursday, Feb. 20, 3-4 p.m., Room 334, University Library

Members of the university community also may complete an online survey to share their thoughts on the opportunities, challenges, characteristics and qualifications for the next provost. The search committee will launch a website soon to keep the community informed of its progress. We anticipate an appointment will be made by the end of the spring semester.  

Todd Diacon