Office of the Provost

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.

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.

Following a national search, Kent State University has named alumnus Kenneth Burhanna as the new dean of University Libraries, effective March 1, 2019.

Kent State University has chosen an accomplished aerospace engineer to help its growing College of Aeronautics and Engineering soar to new heights and build on the strong legacy of the past while charting a course for an exciting and transformative journey for the college’s future.

Kent State University and Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) have formed a strategic partnership that will create new access to courses and degrees for thousands of students living and learning on Ohio’s eastern border.
Leaders from both institutions met Oct. 10 at Eastern Gateway’s Steubenville Campus to sign the agreement and celebrate the new collaboration, which will increase educational opportunities and access for students throughout the four counties Eastern Gateway serves.

From snow-capped mountains in Alaska to the tropical beaches of Hawaii to the South Korean countryside and palatial modern architecture in Oman, a diverse collage of students from around the country and the world has descended on campus. Together, they make up Kent State University’s robust student body, comprising more than 38,000 students from all 50 states and 100 countries.

In a class by itself, Kent State University is the only public university in Northeast Ohio to be ranked in the top tier of the Best National Universities list released by U.S. News & World Report.

They arrived one by one to applause, cheers and a marching band.


Not the typical welcome to a student’s first day of high school, but these freshmen were not just showing up for classes. They were entering their first day in their school’s new College and Career Academies program.  


The National Collegiate Honors Council has named recent Kent State University graduate Megan Swoger a 2018 Portz Scholar.

Ms. Swoger is the ninth Kent State student to receive the honor since the inception of the Portz Scholars competition in 1990.

“We are very pleased for her and, of course, delighted that another Honors College student at Kent State has become a Portz Scholar,” said Alison Smith, Ph.D., dean of Kent State’s Honors College. “This is really great news.”