Stephan B. Wilder Named 2024 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Stephen B. Wilder and Dean Denise Seachrist

In 1996, Kent State University at Stark began recognizing distinguished alumni who attended Kent State Stark. Award recipients are recognized for excellence in a profession, service to the community and service to Kent State Stark.

On June 5, 2024, Dean Denise A. Seachrist, Ph.D., presented Stephan B. Wilder with the Kent State University at Stark Distinguished Alumni Award.

Wilder is the Mayor of the City of North Canton and the retired Chief of Police, following a career in law enforcement that spanned 36 years. His community service has been recognized with awards from civic and professional organizations that include the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Jaycees, Rotary Club, Northwestern University School of Police and Staff Command, North Canton City Schools, Lodge #770 and Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite Valley of Canton, and the Boy Scouts of America (Buckeye Council). Wilder earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Kent State University.

Congratulations, Mayor Wilder!

Kent State Stark accepts nominations for our Distinguished Alumni Award. If you know of a deserving Kent State Stark alumna or alumnus, let us know by submitting a nomination.

Questions about the Distinguished Alumni Awards can be directed to Beth Fuciu at or 330-244-3225.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 04:52 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 6, 2024 08:34 AM
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