The Dean of Students serves as the university's primary student advocate and assists the Vice President for Student Affairs in the leadership of the division.

The Dean of Students manages departments that provide student development opportunities and support services. The Dean also works with the Student Affairs staff to help promote a culture where diversity is encouraged and where students learn to respect differences, develop leadership skills and take responsibility for their actions.

Dr. Talea Drummer

Dear Members of the Kent State Community:

It is such an honor to serve as the interim Dean of Students here at Kent State University. Our efforts in the Office of the Dean of Students support the co-curricular experience and enrich opportunities for student success. We advocate for students, and in supporting our students we also serve as a resource for parents, faculty, staff, and the larger Kent community. Our top priority is our students and we encourage them to take full advantage of the opportunities offered here at Kent State. 

I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Kent State family for over 10 years and I am fortunate to continue within this role. If there is anything that my office can assist you with, please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you and GO FLASHES!

Sincerely, 

Dr. Taléa R. Drummer-Ferrell

Our Mission

The Office of the Dean of Students at Kent State University exemplifies a ‘students first’ philosophy by cultivating a co-curricular learning environment that fosters engagement, inclusion, and support. The Office of the Dean of Students coordinates services that support students in crisis, offers leadership development opportunities for a diverse student community, and engages parents and families through intentional outreach and programs.