Welcome to the home page for the Division of Academic Affairs at Kent State University.

November 1, 2020

I am honored to serve as the provost of our vibrant Kent State University. My roots at Kent State are deep. I began my professorship here 27 years ago and through the years have only deepened my commitment to the success of our students, support of our faculty, and engagement of our staff.

As provost, I oversee all academic programs across our 11 colleges and eight campuses. Kent State University is the largest public multi-campus system in Northeast Ohio, with campuses reaching nine local communities and a population of more than 37,000 students. We are proud of our outstanding faculty and staff, students, collaborative cultural, exceptional academic and research orientation, and strong commitment to engagement, academic excellence, and diversity. Kent State is one of 76 public higher-research universities, as categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is ranked in the first-tier list of Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report. Kent State is a leading Ohio public university and a major educational, economic, and cultural resource far beyond the Northeast Ohio region it has served since 1910. 

Thank you for your interest in Kent State University. We are proud of our university and encourage you to visit campus to see for yourself all of the opportunities our community offers.

Melody Tankersley, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Provost