April 24, 2020

As the search chair, I am pleased to share an update on our search for the Vice President for Student Affairs. Our search committee has completed the initial phase of our work and has recommended to President Todd Diacon that Dr. Lamar Hylton, Interim Vice President for the Division of Student Affairs, progress to the campus interview stage. Dr. Hylton’s vision, career achievements, and his contributions to Kent State University since his arrival in 2017 demonstrate his adeptness at leading and implementing efforts in support of student success.

Given the ongoing ban on public gatherings, the campus interview process will be held virtually. On April 28, Dr. Hylton will participate in a series of interviews remotely including student leaders, faculty, staff, administrators, and direct reports of the vice president. 

On behalf of the university community, I thank you for all of your good work on behalf of our students. The work of the vice president and all of you is always critical, but increasingly so in these times where we are challenged in new ways to protect and enhance student safety, health, wellbeing and development. 

Warm regards,

Dr. Eboni Pringle, Dean of University College
Chair, Vice President for Student Affairs Search Committee

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March 12, 2020

Kent State University, a top-ranked national public research university with eight campuses in Northeast Ohio, seeks an experienced and innovative leader to serve as vice president for student affairs.  A member of the President's Cabinet, the vice president for student affairs reports to the president and serves as the senior officer providing overall leadership for the Division of Student Affairs. The vice president also provides leadership of institutional efforts aimed to enhance the engaged co-curricular lives of all Kent State students within our eight-campus system. 

Minimum academic qualifications for this leadership position is a master's degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution with a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in higher education. A doctoral degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution is preferred. 

Additional information on the position, the university, the community, and the Division of Student Affairs may be found on the Leadership Profile.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply through the Kent State University Applicant Portal, jobs.kent.edu, and include a letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position, curriculum vitae/resume, and the names, titles and contact information for five references. To assure full consideration, applications should be received by March 27, 2020.

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.


Search Committee

Dr. Eboni Pringle, Dean of the University College, serves as the chair of the search committee, which includes:

  • Ashley Brightbill, Manager of Student Activities and Services, KSU at Stark
  • David Dees, Interim Vice President for System Integration and Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, KSU Columbiana County Campuses
  • Carla Goar, Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Thomas Niepsuj, Senior Biology Major
  • Mitchell Powers, Graduate Student, Physics
  • Josh Rider, Interim Assistant Dean, Center for Adult and Veteran Services
  • Steven Turner, Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies