Speeches & Communications

You Make Kent Special

Kent State University President Todd Diacon addresses the return to “normal” in-person work schedules, the ever-improving physical landscape on our campuses and an upcoming announcement of fun events during the week of Aug. 8-12, as we welcome faculty and staff back to mostly in-person work on our campuses. (7/14/22)


Reflecting on Two Years

Kent State University President Todd Diacon's Covid-19 update. (3/10/22)


Changes to Our Mask Requirements

Kent State University President Todd Diacon's Covid-19 update. (3/3/22)


Working Our Plan Makes Us All Safer

Kent State University President Todd Diacon's Covid-19 update. (2/3/22)


Keeping Our Balance

President Diacon looks forward to opening the semester as scheduled with safe in-person classes and enriching opportunities to learn and grow.
(1/11/22)


Complete the Kent State Two-Step

President Diacon encourages students, faculty and staff to complete the Kent State Two-Step as it relates to getting the Covid-19 vaccine and wearing face coverings.
(9/9/21)


Kent State Announces Kent State Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement

President Diacon announces Kent State's Covid-19 vaccine requirements to students, faculty and staff.
(8/27/21)


Faculty and Staff - Flashes Take Care of Flashes

 

Students - Flashes Take Care of Flashes

President Diacon welcomes Kent State students, faculty and staff back to campus.
(8/23/21)


In Person and With Gratitude

President Diacon recognizes the Golden Flash employees who were always working in person during the pandemic and welcomes remaining Kent State staff back to in-person work.
(5/27/21)


Students: Hold on a Minute and Flash Your Arm

President Diacon shares an important reminder to students about how they can be armed in the fight against COVID-19 by turning the Flashes Save Seven into the Flashes Safe Eight.  
(4/6/21)


Making Sense of Fall 2021

President Diacon shares planning for fall semester and indicates the goal is to approach a more normal level of operations with more in-person opportunities for living, learning and working. 
(2/15/21)


On The Wings Of Morning: Staying Safe During The Pandemic 

President Diacon reminds everyone that even as the end of the pandemic draws near, it still poses a great danger. (1/19/21)


It's Not Light Yet, But It's Getting There 

President Diacon reflects on this unprecedented year. (12/17/20)


MAC Votes to Play Football 

President Diacon's communication to faculty and staff, sharing information about the Mid-America Conference (MAC) vote to resume football this fall. (9/25/20)


Respect, Kindness and Purpose in All We Do

President Diacon's communication to the university community about reopening and operating during the COVID-19 era, the challenges and how our core values provide direction (8/24/20)


Update on Kent State University Fall Sports 

President Diacon's communication to Kent State Student-Athletes (8/8/20)


We’re All in This Together 

President Diacon's communication to faculty and staff addressing the new academic year (8/6/20)


Things Will Be Different, but We’re All in This Together 

President Diacon's communication to Golden Flashes welcoming students to the new academic year (8/6/20)


Important Information: Watch Return to Campus Video 

President Diacon's & Vice President for Student Affairs Lamar Hylton's communication to Golden Flashes regarding our return to campus (8/5/20)


A Message to the Kent State Community: An Update About Our International Students 

President Diacon's communication to Golden Flashes regarding our international students (7/14/20)


A Message to the Kent State Community Regarding Our International Students 

President Diacon's communication to Golden Flashes regarding our international students (7/10/20)


You Have the (Immediate) Future of Kent State in Your Hands 

President Diacon's communication to Golden Flashes announcing the Flashes Safe Seven principles (6/17/20)


Planning in the Face of Uncertainty

President Diacon' message ensuring the university's commitment to provide the safest possible environments on campus while respecting the concerns of employees (5/28/20)


Reopening Committees Fall 2020

President Diacon's communication to the university community announcing the establishment of committees related to Fall 2020 reopening of school (4/30/20)


Ensuring Kent State's Future

President Diacon's communication to the faculty and staff (4/27/20)


Checking In

President Diacon's communication to the university community (4/2/20)


The End of the Beginning

President Diacon's communication to the university community (3/25/20)


Listen to Ariana

President Diacon's communication to the student body (3/16/20)


As We Prepare for Monday

President Diacon's email to the university community (3/13/20)


KSU Continues Remote Instruction for Remainder of Spring Semester

President Diacon's email to the university community (3/13/20)


Kent State to Stop Face-to-Face Classes, Begin Remote Classes

President Diacon's email to the university community (3/10/20)

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)


Reminder: Talking With Todd Today At 3 P.M.

President Diacon reminds faculty and staff to take part in a new monthly live video chat, Talking with Todd. (8/30/22)


Reminder: Talking With Todd This Tuesday at 3 p.m.

President Diacon reminds faculty and staff to take part in a new monthly live video chat, Talking with Todd. (8/29/22)


Talking with Todd - Tuesday, Aug. 30

President Diacon invites faculty and staff to take part in a new monthly live video chat, Talking with Todd. (8/23/22)


2022-2023 Staff Salary Increases

President Diacon announces staff salary increases. (8/4/22)


Let’s Lead by Example

President Diacon responds to the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. (6/27/22)


Join Us June 18 for Kent State’s Juneteenth Jubilee

President Diacon encourages the campus community to attend Kent State’s Juneteenth Jubilee on Saturday, June 18 at Manchester Field on the Kent Campus. This event is free and open to the public. (6/7/22)


Presidential Fellowship Application

President Diacon announces an opening for a Presidential Fellow to begin Fall Semester 2022. The Presidential Fellowship is designed to provide an opportunity for a mid-career and senior faculty to serve full time for at least two academic years advancing equity in STEMM fields at Kent State. (5/18/22)


Together, You Make Us Who We Are

President Diacon's end-of-the semester message. (5/10/22)


Kent State’s Faculty Athletics Representative

President Diacon Provides an update on Kent State’s Faculty Athletics Representative. (4/21/22)


Keeping Our Campuses Safe and Secure

President Diacon addresses a social media post widely viewed as a serious threat to campus security. (3/11/22)


Leadership Update

President Diacon announces the appointment of Sean Broghammer, Ph.D., as Kent State University’s new vice president for enrollment management, effective March 1. (3/8/22)


Finalists Selected for Vice President for Enrollment Management

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 Enrollment Management. (2/15/22)


Celebrating Our Heritage: Black History Month 2022

Kent State University President Todd Diacon's Black History Month message to the university community. (2/1/22)


Search for Vice President for Enrollment Management Announced

Kent State University President Todd Diacon announces the search for Vice President for Enrollment Management to the university community. (1/26/22)


Leadership Update

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Ward as Kent State University’s next vice president for university communications and marketing. (1/12/22)


Warm Wishes From Todd Diacon And Moema Furtado

As we dash through the snow – and the year – we wish everyone a healthy, happy season and a bright new year! (12/20/21)


Together as a Community

President Diacon's message to the Kent State Community for Winter 2021 (12/17/21)


Finalists Selected for Vice President for University Communications and Marketing

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 university communications and marketing. (12/1/21)


We Are Blue, Gold and Grateful

President Diacon takes a moment to recognize the efforts of our hardworking and caring faculty and staff. (11/19/21)


We are Flashes Together

President Diacon discusses the next phase of strategic planning with Flashes Together: A Strategic Roadmap to a Distinctive Kent State. (11/10/21)


University Budget Update

President Diacon's communication to faculty, staff & students about the university's budget. (10/9/21)


Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

President Diacon communicates on Kent State University's observation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
(10/11/21)


Search for Vice President for University Communications and Marketing

President Diacon provides an update on the national search for Kent State’s vice president for university communications and marketing. President Diacon requests input in identifying opportunities, challenges and desired characteristics for this key member of the senior leadership team.
(10/4/21)


KENT STATE TO PARTNER WITH IDEASTREAM PUBLIC MEDIA FOR MANAGEMENT OF WKSU

President Diacon announces that the Board of Trustees approved an agreement with Ideastream Public Media to operate our public radio station, WKSU, and its sister stations.
(9/15/21)


Leadership Announcements

An update on recent actions regarding the senior administration of the university.
(8/31/21)


We Are Blue, Gold and Grateful

We are Blue, Gold and Grateful that we will have everyone together on our campuses beginning Aug. 2. I am so pleased to welcome back those returning from remote work and extend my thank you to those who continued to work on our campuses during the pandemic.
(7/29/21)


Kent State to Observe Juneteenth on Monday, June 21

Juneteenth is an opportunity for all of us to acknowledge and embrace the full history of our nation, honor the life and legacy of the African American experience and reflect on the horrors of slavery as we measure our progress towards racial equity.
(6/17/21)


Memorial Day 2021

President Diacon's message for Memorial Day.
(5/31/21)


Staff: In Person and With Gratitude

President Diacon shares an update on the return to campus for Kent State University staff.  
(5/27/21)


Leadership Announcement

Mary Parker, Ed.D., vice president for enrollment management, has accepted a position at the University of Florida.
(5/20/21)


We Don't Just Survive, We Thrive

President Diacon's end-of-the semester message.
(4/29/21)


Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., Selected as Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

President Diacon announces the selection of Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., as Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
(4/28/21)


Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs Paul DiCorleto to Retire

President Diacon announces the retirement of Paul DiCorleto Ph.D., vice president for research and sponsored programs, effective May 31.
(4/22/21)


Our Continued Commitment

President Diacon's thoughts on the trial of Derek Chauvin.
(4/20/21)


Final Candidates Selected – Director of Athletics

President Diacon announces the three candidates that have been chosen as finalists for the position of director of athletics.
(3/31/21)


Hate Has No Home Here

A message to the university community about acts of violence against Asians and Asian Americans across the country 
(3/18/21)


Join Me - Share Your Voice

President Diacon announces that Kent State is embarking on a new climate study as Kent State continues its efforts to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive university.
(3/2/21)


Search for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

President Diacon announces appointment of 13-member search committee for vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion position.
(2/18/21)


Salary Restoration

President Diacon thanks staff for the outstanding work done since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and announces salary restoration.
(1/27/21)


Regardless of Outcome, Elect to Show Kindness and Respect 

President Diacon writes that regardless of the 2020 Election Day outcome, we are still a community, and Flashes Take Care of Flashes. (11/2/20)


Kent State Selects New Provost 

Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., has accepted the position of senior vice president and provost, effective Nov. 1, 2020. (10/27/20)


President’s Financial Update 

President Diacon's communication to faculty, staff & students about the financial update. (10/9/20)


Final Candidates Selected – Senior Vice President and Provost 

President Diacon's communication to faculty and staff,  sharing information about the final candidates for Senior Vice President and Provost. (10/1/20)


Partial Restoration of Salaries 

President Diacon's communication announcing the partial restoration of salaries (9/24/20)


A Message to the Kent State Community: Working Together for Enrollment Success 

President Diacon's communication announcing a new strategic enrollment plan (9/18/20)


A Message to the Kent State Community: Anti-Racism Actions 

President Diacon's communication about the action steps to combat racial inequality developed (9/14/20)


A Message to the Kent State Community: Anti-Racism Task Force 

President Diacon's communication about the new Anti-Racism Task Force (9/2/20)


Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Announced Modifications 

President Diacon's letter to Ohio Federal Delegation Members (7/10/20)


Leadership Transition

President Diacon's communication to the university community announcing the appointment of Valoree Vargo as Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director, KSU Foundation (6/15/20)


Searching for a Better Future

Communication to the university community from President Diacon, Provost Tankersley, Interim Vice President Gooden, and Vice President Hylton (6/5/20)


Our Student-Ready Commitment

President Diacon reinforces Kent State's commitment to being a student-ready college and announces the appointments of Dr. Lamar Hylton as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dr. Amoaba Gooden as Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (5/7/20)


President Announces Launch of Provost Search

President Diacon announces the launch of the search for Senior Vice President and Provost, including opportunities for the university community to share feedback (2/18/20)


Key Leadership Transitions and Searches

President Diacon updates the university community on key leadership transitions and searches (1/23/20)


Welcome Back, Spring 2020

President Diacon welcomes the university community back for the Spring 2020 semester (1/16/20)


Update on Kent State's Bond Ratings

Access a follow up to President Todd Diacon's October Financial Report. The update includes Moody's and Standard & Poor's various reasons for reporting a positive outlook for Kent State's future (1/8/20)


A Message of Thanks

As we break for the holiday, please know that I am thankful for all that each of you does for our students, for our colleagues and for our community (11/18/19)


President’s Financial Update

President Todd Diacon's email to the university community (10/29/19)


50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970

President Todd Diacon's email to the university community (10/18/19)


We Must Do Better

President Todd Diacon's email to the university community (9/12/19)


Welcome to Fall 2019 Semester

President Todd Diacon welcomes students and faculty back to Kent State's campus for the fall 2019 semester (8/20/19)


Welcome Email to the University Community

President Diacon's welcome email to the university community (9/4/19)

Thanksgiving 2021

Thankful for Our Golden Flashes Family, 2021

This Thanksgiving, we have the opportunity to consider three words that begin with “m.” In the history of presidential communications, the words “mask,” “mandate” and “mashed potatoes” (OK, that’s four words) have perhaps never appeared together.

 


 

Black History Month 2020

President Diacon's remarks at the 2020 Black History Month Celebration.

 

 


 

MLK Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, 2020

President Diacon's remarks at the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

 


Mitch Landrieu

Introduction of Mitch Landrieu

President Diacon's introduction of Mitch Landrieu, Presidential Speaker Series.


Veterans Day 2019

Veterans Day Commemoration 2019

President Diacon's remarks at the 2019 Veterans Day Commemoration.


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Inaugural Ceremony

President Diacon’s Inaugural Address


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Plane Dedication and Aeronautics Expo

President Diacon's remarks at College of Aeronautics and Engineering EXPO and Plane Dedication.


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FedEx Academic Center Grand Opening

President Todd Diacon's remarks at FedEx Academic Center Grand Opening.


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Convocation Class of 2023

President Todd Diacon's remarks at convocation.

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