Senior Leadership Team

The Division of Student Affairs works as a collaborative group to help ensure the success of each and every student at Kent State University. Say hello to the leadership team whose number one goal is ensuring the pursuit of your passion becomes a reality.


Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs  |  330-672-4050

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Hylton leads the Division of Student Affairs, providing oversight and direction for a wide range of student-focused initiatives and programs aimed toward enhancing the engaged co-curricular lives of all Kent State students within the eight-campus system. He provides crisis management leadership on issues internal and external to the university, serves as key advisor to the president on student and community issues, champions a healthy campus environment and leads the development of a transformational student co-curricular experience that enhances the academic mission of the university.


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Cesquinn Curtis
Associate Vice President  |  330-672-1007

Cesquinn provides support to all division departments through leadership of the Student Affairs Administration pillar. He provides department recommendations and guidance on integrated financial and personnel strategies to increase the efficiency of resources and effectiveness of planning and implementation. The Student Affairs Administration pillar includes DeWeese Health Center, Flashcard office, University Bookstore, Assessment and Strategic Planning, the division's Finance Office and Information Technology, and HR/Personnel.


Yvonne Washigton-Greer

Yvonna Washington-Greer
Assistant Vice President  | 330-672-4050

Yvonna provides leadership to the Equity, Identity, and Success pillar. The resources for students within this pillar provide targeted support, affirming communities, emergency funding to assist students in need, leadership development, and cultural exposure and appreciation. The Equity, Identity, and Success pillar includes the Center for Adult and Veteran Services, International Student Affairs, LGBTQ+ Center, Student Accessibility Services, Student Multicultural Center, and the Women's Center.


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Kendra Wilson
Director, Office of the Senior Vice President |  330-672-1006

Kendra directs the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Senior Vice President providing administrative support to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and serving as one of the Senior Vice President's principal advisors on matters of interest to our division, including policy, programs, and crisis management. She serves a critical support role in strategic planning, decision-making, and execution of decisions while directing the division's marketing/communication and professional development efforts. 

Gary Goldberg
Assistant Vice President  |  330-672-5391

Gary provides leadership to the Student Engagement and Services pillar. The areas within this pillar support and enhance the student experience outside of the classroom while offering sustenance, shelter, and programming. The Student Engagement and Services pillar includes the Center for Student Involvement, University Culinary Services,  Kent Student Center, and University Housing.

Talea Drummer-Ferrell, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students  |  330-672-8003

Talea provides leadership to the Advocacy, Support and Well-being pillar. The areas within this pillar prioritize the accessibility of physical health, mental health, and ethical maturation, while emphasizing each campuses’ collaboration, accountability, crisis management, risk reduction, and education. The Advocacy, Support and Well-being pillar includes the CARES Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Kent State of Well-being, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Student Conduct, Parents and Families Engagement, Recreational Services, and Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services.