Finance and Administration

The Kent State University Police Department was recently reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The recognition comes after a comprehensive review of the agency and marks the eighth time the department has received the accreditation award.  For the fifth time, the department also received the designation of Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation with Excellence. The designation is given to select agencies to recognize their effective use of accreditation as a model for the delivery of enhanced public safety services and management professi...

Many academic buildings on the Kent Campus will undergo improvements to make them more accessible to people with disabilities. The buildings, many of which were built decades ago, will be enhanced with features that go above the minimum standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “Because much of our campus was developed in the 1960s and earlier when accessibility was not incorporated into buildings, many buildings did not accommodate handicap access,” says Michael Bruder, executive director for facilities, planning and design in Kent State’s Office of the University Ar...

Kent State University’s Office of the University Architect and University Facilities Management, both part of the Division of Business and Finance, collaborated in an effort to unearth several large trees on Summit Street and relocate them outside the Center for the Performing Arts on Main Street. The trees, which are 5-12 inch caliper in diameter and up to 20 feet tall, were transplanted to prepare for road expansions and other construction on Summit Street as part of the Summit Street Improvement Project. While it may be easier to cut a tree down than relocate it, Heather White, grounds ma...

Dean Tondiglia of Stow, Ohio, has been named Kent State University’s new chief of police. Prior to leading Kent State Police Services, Tondiglia most recently served as the university’s assistant chief of police and associate director of public safety. He will retain the associate director of public safety title. Tondiglia was sworn in today by John Peach, Kent State’s director of public safety and now former police chief who after 45 years with the university, 33 of which as police chief, is turning over the police chief position to Tondiglia. Peach will remain in his role as director of pub...