I am pleased to welcome you to the College of Applied & Technical Studies. In some ways it is unique, as the college is the academic home for programs that are only offered at one of Kent State’s Regional Campuses. Kent State University recognizes that the Regional Campuses must be able to respond quickly to the ever-changing needs of the local regions they serve. Often, this requires programs and degrees to be offered specifically at a regional campus whose community has that need. As a result, the College of Applied & Technical Studies was created in 2010 as the administrative home for programs unique to the university’s regional campuses.
Each regional campus offers degrees targeted to the needs of its local community through a wide variety of associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and certificate programs. Some programs are offered at all of the regional campuses, while others are offered at only one of the regional campuses. Course requirements within each degree are aligned with Kent State University standards. All regional campus graduates receive a Kent State University degree upon completion of their program.
The opportunities available to a regional campus student are characterized by excellence. We are proud of our campus facilities that provide a welcoming learning environment and access to state-of-the-art technology. Regional campus faculty are highly respected and take pride in their concern for their students. Faculty are truly involved in each student’s pursuit of knowledge and education.
I hope you will take some time to learn more about our unique programs and visit the regional campus offering your degree program of interest. Classes are small and available to meet your needs – whether you are a full-time student or a part-time student with work and family responsibilities. You will find classes offered days, evening, in-person, online, and as hybrid/classroom blends.
Everyone at the College of Applied & Technical Studies – and at all of the Regional Campuses – looks forward to assisting you in your pursuit of a Kent State University degree.
Nathan Ritchey, Ph.D.
Vice President for Kent State System Integration
Interim Dean, College of Applied & Technical Studies
Dr. Ritchey's Bio
Nathan Ritchey, Ph.D., was appointed vice president for Kent State System Integration in July 2016 following a national search. In this role, Ritchey is responsible for oversight of the university’s seven Regional Campuses. He serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet, ensuring that the perspectives of the Regional Campuses inform discussions and decisions. He reports to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
Prior to joining Kent State, Ritchey served as the vice president for strategic initiatives and founding dean of the College of Science and Health Professions at Edinboro University. Previously, he served for 24 years at Youngstown State University (YSU) and held faculty and administrative positions, starting in 1989 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, then associate professor in 1993, professor in 1998, department chair in 2000 and interim associate provost in 2006. He served as director of the University Scholars and Honors Program from 1993 to 2000. He also worked as a medical researcher at St. Elizabeth Health System in Youngstown, Ohio, from 1990-2000.
Ritchey's areas of expertise include university accreditation, general education, STEM education, developing talent, honors programming, operations research/management science, mathematical modeling and assessment. He has authored numerous articles and co-authored several mathematics textbooks. Ritchey also has helped to secure multiple gifts and grants while at Edinboro University and YSU.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Ritchey earned a Master of Science in applied mathematics degree and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. He also attended Harvard University's Institute for Executive Management.