Office of the Provost

Kent State Fountain Kent State University President Todd Diacon today announced the appointment of Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., to the position of senior vice president and provost, effective Nov. 1, 2020. An experienced leader, Tankersley has served Kent State in positions of increasing responsibility since 1993. In 2019, she was...

Kent State K Kent State University Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Melody Tankersley today announced the appointment of three new interim deans as well as changes within the Division of Graduate Studies. The appointments are: Mandy Munro-Stasiuk, Ph.D., as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to replace James Blank, Ph.D., who has...

Risman Plaza, close in proximity to the Kent Student Center and University Library, is a popular hangout spot. Kent State Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D., discussed ways that students can make the most of remote classes while still benefiting from student services during a recent appearance on Facebook Live. Both answered live questions and discussed...

Students from the LeBron James Family Foundation’s I PROMISE Network react to learning that Kent State University will offer eligible students free tuition for four years and free room and board for one year. Kent State University has opened the gates of opportunity for all eligible students in the LeBron James Family Foundation’s (LJFF) oldest I PROMISE Network class by guaranteeing free tuition for four years, and one year of free room and meal plan. The free tuition program was born out of an existing partnership between Kent State and the LJFF in...

Students from the LeBron James Family Foundation’s I PROMISE Network react to learning that Kent State University will offer eligible students free tuition for four years and free room and board for one year. Message from the Provost   Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, I want to provide you with an update related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, specifically regarding the implementation of new travel restrictions. Let me begin by reiterating that as of this writing, there are no suspected cases in Ohio, and we are thankful to learn that two students...

Kent State is launching a new program to support area teens who have been placed in foster care as a result of the opioid crisis. A teen who ages out of the foster care system is eight times more likely to become homeless than to earn a bachelor’s degree. Think about that. In fact, it is rare to attend a college commencement and find many graduates who spent time in foster care as only 3% who age out of the foster care system will go on to earn a degree. Increasing the...

LeBron James Family Foundation I PROMISE students take part in an awards dinner marking the end of their four-week Kent State camp for intensive college entrance exam preparation. In partnership with Akron Public Schools and the LeBron James Family Foundation, Kent State University hosted several dozen high school students on campus for a month of intensive preparation for college entrance exams. This is the second year that Kent State has helped to prepare the students, who are part of the James Foundation’s I PROMISE...

Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., will serve as Kent State University’s interim senior vice president and provost, effective July 1. Kent State University President-elect Todd Diacon today announced the appointment of Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., to the role of interim senior vice president and provost, effective July 1. Dr. Tankersley fills the role most recently held by Dr. Diacon, who was selected in April by the Board of Trustees to become...

J.R. Campbell, executive director of the Design Innovation Initiative at Kent State, speaks during the construction launch event for the Design Innovation Hub. Kent State University celebrated the launch of a dynamic new space, the Design Innovation (DI) Hub, which will bring innovations from many disciplines together in a 68,000-square-foot building near the center of the Kent Campus. The construction launch, which marks the beginning of a major renovation of the former Art Building, was celebrated April...

J.R. Campbell, executive director of the Design Innovation Initiative at Kent State, speaks during the construction launch event for the Design Innovation Hub. WHAT: The Kent State University community will gather April 23 to celebrate the construction launch of the Design Innovation Hub, a dynamic, new space designed to spark creativity and collaboration. The Design Innovation Hub is an open-access, collaborative, co-working, idea-generating and innovative environment connecting students, faculty and the...

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