Kent State University’s Division of Student Affairs has launched a national search for the position of Dean of Students reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs. This individual will assist the Vice President for Student Affairs leading institutional efforts enhancing the engaged co-curricular lives of all students within our eight-campus system.

Cesquinn M. Curtis, Executive Director, Administration for Student Affairs, is serving as chair of a 14-member search committee, and the executive search firm Academic Search, Inc. has been retained to assist in the process. The committee is charged with attracting and screening top candidates and making a recommendation to the vice president of well-qualified finalists from whom to select for campus visits and public interviews by the end of February.

Serving with Executive Director Curtis on the committee are:  Cason Brunt, Director, Student Support Services & Academic Diversity Outreach, University College; Jill Church, Executive Director, Residence Services; Patricia Dennison, Operations & Strategic Communications Coordinator, Student Affairs; Amanda Dolan, Director II, Enrollment Management, Student Services, and Advising; Katie Goldring, Associate Director, Center for Student Involvement; Sam Graska, President, Undergraduate Student Government (Kent Campus); Gretchen Julian, Director of Recreational Services & Interim Director of Kent Student Center; Dr. Mark Kretovics, Interim Dean, College of Education, Health and Human Services and Associate Professor, Higher Education Administration; Dr. Timeka Rashid, Associate Dean of Students, Student Affairs; Mark Rhodes, Vice Executive Chair, Graduate Student Senate; Charity Snyder, Assistant Dean, Academic Advising & Retention, University College; Dr. Asantewa Sunni-Ali, Assistant Professor, Pan-African Studies; and Dean Tondiglia, Interim Director & Chief of Police, Public Safety.

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly experienced, collaborative and engaged student affairs leader to make a significant impact to Kent State at a transformative moment in our history. This position will be an integral part of the leadership team for a high-performing division whose programs and services make major contributions to advancing the work on the university’s priorities.

Your thoughts about the kind of leader we need in this key position, and about the opportunities we should pursue to advance a bright future for Kent State, will be vital for the success of this important search. Will you please take a few moments to complete a community survey?

Nominators or prospective candidates may direct confidential inquiries or questions to Senior Consultant Dr. Tom Fitch at
More information about this position can be obtained by reading the position prospectus found at under Current Searches. Candidates for the position should submit a substantive cover letter; current curriculum vitae; and names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least five references, none of whom will be contacted without explicit permission. Screening will continue until a Dean is chosen, but only applications received by December 1, 2016 can be assured full consideration. All materials should be submitted to the following contact:

Search Committee

Cesquinn M. Curtis
Executive Director
Administration for Student Affairs
Search Committee Chair

Cason Brunt
Student Support Services & Academic Diversity Outreach - University College

Jill Church
Executive Director
Residence Services

Patricia Dennison
Operations & Strategic Communications Coordinator

Amanda Dolan
Director II
Enrollment Management, Student Services, and Advising

Katie Goldring
Associate Director
Center for Student Involvement

Sam Graska
Undergraduate Student Government (Kent Campus)

Shawna Horvath
Assistant Director
Office of Government & Community Relations
Search Committee Coordinator

Gretchen Julian
Director of Recreational Services & Interim Director of Kent Student Center

Mark Kretovics
Interim Dean
College and Graduate School of Education, Health, and Human Services

Timeka Rashid
Associate Dean of Students
Regional Campus Engagement

Mark Rhodes
Vice Executive Chair
Graduate Student Senate

Charity Snyder
Assistant Dean
Academic Advising & Retention
University College

Dr. Asantewa Sunni-Ali
Assistant Professor and Director Center of Pan-African Culture
Pan-African Studies

Dean Tondiglia
Interim Director & Chief of Police, Public Safety