The Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer Search Committee welcomes feedback from all members of our university community and the public throughout the search process.
Meet the Committee
Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs, Committee Chair
Dr. Paul DiCorleto was named Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs and Professor of Biological Sciences at Kent State University in August, 2015. He was previously Sherwin-Page Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute and Chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He was also Principal Investigator and is now Co-Principal Investigator, of the NIH Center for Accelerated Innovations-Cleveland Clinic – one of three such centers nationally.
Dr. DiCorleto received his undergraduate training in chemistry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his doctorate in biochemistry from Cornell University. He is a vascular cell biologist with extensive experience in the role of endothelial cell signaling pathways and gene expression in atherosclerosis and other inflammatory diseases. He was with the Cleveland Clinic for over 30 years, having served as an Associate Chief of Staff and a member of the Clinic’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees.
Dean, College of Nursing
Dr. Barbara Broome has served as Dean of Kent State’s College of Nursing since March 2014 and is also a professor. The College of Nursing offers a wide range of programs, from the bachelor of science in nursing degree to a doctoral program, and is positioned to meet the growing demands of healthcare worldwide.
Broome’s research focus surrounds mental health, adult health, women’s health, and minority and aging issues of urinary incontinence in men, women and children and the use of biofeedback as an intervention. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Kent State, and has a doctorate in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh.
Executive Director, Administration for Student Affairs
Cesquinn Curtis serves as Executive Director, Administration for the Division of Student Affairs. In this role he is the assessment, budget and personnel officer for the division. He provides leadership and key decision-making support to the vice president on a broad range of communication, marketing, strategic planning, policy, fiscal, and procedural matters.
Curtis has more than 10 years of experience in student support services, budget management, communications and strategic planning. Prior to joining Kent State, he served as Academic Retention Specialist at Fort Valley State University; Deputy Consultant, The Barkley Forum – Emory University and Business Banking Officer, Guaranty Bank.
Curtis holds a master’s of public administration degree in Urban Planning and Financial Management from Ashford University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of West Georgia.
Professor, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Services College of Education, Health and Human Services
Dr. Richard Ferdig is the Summit Professor of Learning Technologies and Professor of Instructional Technology at Kent State. He works within the Research Center for Educational Technology and also the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Michigan State University and has served as researcher and instructor at Michigan State University, the University of Florida, the Wyzsza Szkola Pedagogiczna (Krakow, Poland), and the Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy).
Ferdig’s research, teaching, and service focus on combining cutting-edge technologies with current pedagogic theory to create innovative learning environments. His research interests include online education, educational games and simulations, the role of faith in technology, and what he labels a deeper psychology of technology. In addition to publishing and presenting internationally, Ferdig has also been funded to study the impact of emerging technologies such as K-12 virtual schools.
Lecturer, Computer Technology and Chair, University Council on Technology Kent State University at Ashtabula
Shelley Marshall has been with Kent State for 18 years and teaches computer technology at Kent State’s Ashtabula Campus. She holds a master’s degree in technology from Kent State University.
Prior to taking on a faculty role at the university, Shelley was the IT Manager at the Kent State Geauga Campus and the Twinsburg Regional Academic Center. She also served for 10 years as the Regional Campus IT liaison, working on university wide projects such as the Banner implementation, the Cisco Network and Telephony project and Cognos reporting. She has worked with faculty to integrate technology into the classroom, currently chairs the University’s Council on Technology and serves on several Regional College committees. Shelley has a passion for online teaching and is always trying out new technologies, then surveying her students for feedback.
Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs Operations and Administration
Dr. Jennifer McDonough is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations and Administration, reporting to the Provost. She is responsible for developing and enhancing academic affairs’ core processes and systems. This includes coordinating and directing divisional strategic priorities as well as analyzing and developing recommendations to improve both the institutional processes and the systems integrations within academic affairs.
Jennifer has spent her higher education career serving public and private institutions in Northeast Ohio, focusing much of her work on improving programs, policies and systems to improve the college experience and opportunities for students. Jennifer’s career has focused primarily in the areas of student support services, academic program development, academic process and policy development and online learning.
A three-time graduate of Kent State, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English, master’s degree in higher education administration and student personnel and a Ph.D. in higher education administration.
Executive Director, Enterprise Applications and Infrastructure Information Services
Andrea Nunley provides leadership for the service and maintenance organizations in the Division of Information Services that support production systems, applications, and servers. The goal of her area is to keep a strong system heartbeat across the stack (operations, servers, security, monitoring) and support the applications that reside on top. In addition to Banner, Andrea’s area also supports the Business Intelligence environment, FAMIS, Degreeworks, Workflow, Imaging, and .net web applications.
Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in business and computer science from Kent State and is PMP certified.
Graduate Student Trustee
Jessica Peck is a member of the Kent State University Board of Trustees, serving as the graduate student trustee. Her two-year term began in July 2017. Peck brings strong academic and professional experience to the Board. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration in Kent State’s College of Business Administration, with a concentration in management.
Peck received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and a master of business administration degree from Kent State.
She is active in Kent State’s College of Business Administration. Since 2013, Peck has served as an instructor and teaching assistant. She has been a member of the Graduate Student Advisory Board and the Undergraduate College of Business Curriculum Committee. Peck was appointed to the College of Business Administration’s Scholarship Review Committee and the MBA Subcommittee.
Senior Associate Vice President Finance and Administration
Jeannie Reifsnyder serves as the Senior Associate Vice President for the Division of Finance and Administration. She represents the senior vice president as needed and assists with the management of designated areas including budget, financial reporting and business and administration services. She is the primary advisor and liaison to the senior vice president on a variety of financial process-related special projects, initiatives and assignments.
Prior to joining the university, Reifsnyder spent 12 years gaining progressive responsibility in the Assurance and Enterprise Risk division at Deloitte & Touche LLP, reaching the level of Audit Senior Manager. She is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a master’s degree in business administration at Kent State. She holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Akron.
Vice President for Kent State System Integration and Interim Dean, Regional College
Dr. Nate Ritchey serves as the senior officer responsible for overall leadership of the Kent State University Regional Campus system. He oversees the operations of the seven Regional Campuses, promotes student enrollment and academic success, and is responsible for expanding the visibility, influence and effectiveness of Kent State as a catalyst for regional development.
Ritchey previously served as vice president for strategic initiatives and founding dean of the College of Science and Health Professions at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he served for 24 years at Youngstown State University and held numerous faculty and administrative positions. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.