Provost's Leadership Academy

The Provost's Leadership Academy provides incoming Kent State University students with a unique leadership experience on campus. The students will meet once per week during the fall and spring semesters to meet two goals. During the fall semester, the goal is for the students to understand their leadership style, each other, and the community through activities and programs, from which they will generate a list of possible areas of concern within the university community that could be addressed. During the spring semester, the goal is for students to explore and work to improve one of those areas of concern. Upon the conclusion of the semester, the students will present their final project to Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., Interim Senior Vice President and Provost. All participants who successfully complete the program will receive $500 in FlashCash.

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  • Experience serving as a leader
  • Have a High School GPA between 2.7 and 3.5
  • Have a 2.7 Transfer GPA (Only applies to transfer students)
  • Be an incoming Freshmen or Transfer with Freshmen status at Kent State University Fall 2020
  • Have an interest in learning more about KSU
  • Attend weekly meetings during Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters (historically on Monday evenings between 6:00-8:00 p.m.)
  • Maintain a 2.7 cumulative GPA throughout the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters


  • To enhance student's self efficacy and communication skills.
  • To enrich the overall university experience of first-year students.
  • To complete a specific project that improves an area of the university community
  • To develop valuable leadership skills by understanding self, team, and community.

Application Process

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Recommendation Letters Due: Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Notification of Interview: Friday, April 24th, 2020
  • Remote Interview Dates: Friday, May 8th, Monday, May 11th, or Tuesday, May 12th
  • Final Decision Notification: Friday, May 15, 2020

Completing the Application

  • Within your application, you will submit the contact information (email address) of one person who can complete a recommendation letter for you. Recommendations should only be submitted by the link sent to the recommender through the provided email address. Recommendations can be from a teacher, employer, guidance counselor, coach, supervisor or leader from a previous leadership experience. Parents and family members should not be used as recommenders for this position.

  • Bring a copy of your current resume (be sure to include all of your extra-curricular activities) with you to the Interview Day.

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Developing leadership in talented first-year students.


Student leaders who become change agents in the university community.


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