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The Kent State University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Friday, July 27, to consider the report of a fact-finder appointed by the State Employment Relations Board (SERB) to make recommendations regarding all unresolved issues between the university and the Kent State University Employees Local 153, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), in their negotiations to reach a collective-bargaining agreement.

Their remarkable work takes place in studios, classrooms, laboratories and outdoors. They have been published in prestigious journals, authored books and received significant research grants. Now, they add a new honor to their list of notable achievements.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has appointed the Rev. Dr. Todd C. Davidson Sr. of Lyndhurst, Ohio, to the Kent State University Board of Trustees. Dr. Davidson’s appointment began June 13, 2018, and ends May 16, 2027. He fills the seat of former Trustee Lawrence Pollock, whose term expired this year. 

A green roof, a geothermal heating and cooling system that is 300 percent more efficient than standard systems, and a 15,000-gallon gray tank that recycles rainwater for irrigation and flushing bathroom fixtures. These are just a few of the sustainability features that helped Kent State University’s Center for Architecture and Environmental Design receive LEED Platinum recognition.


The tragic events that occurred on the campus of Kent State University on May 4, 1970, where four students lost their lives and nine others were wounded by the Ohio National Guard, had a lasting impact that continues to resonate nearly a half-century later.

Innovators, problem solvers and designers are a growing force at Kent State University, bringing a renewed vibrancy to the heart of campus. Soon they will have a dynamic, new space designed to spark creativity and collaboration.

The Kent State Board of Trustees voted June 6 to transform the former School of Art building into a new state-of-the-art, student-centered Design Innovation Hub and Dining facility.

The redesigned building will support teamwork, critical thinking and inventiveness with collaborative workspaces and makerspaces.

The Road Ahead

We intend to create a more beautiful, walkable environment that will ENERGIZE our landscape and ELEVATE our Kent Campus on a national level.

At Kent State University, we are committed to transforming lives and communities through the power of discovery, learning and creative expression in an inclusive environment. 

Nathan and Liz Yokum, cofounders of Rock Mill Climbing and Rock Candy Holds, are entrepreneurs who are making it to the top of the indoor climbing industry.  

By Chris Horne / Kent State Magazine

We realize some in our community may have become concerned following media coverage of a recent graduate who posted a photo holding a rifle on our Kent Campus. Let us assure you that our campus is safe and that what you have seen in the photo was legal under Ohio law.

The State of Ohio, not Kent State University, allows the public to openly carry a deadly weapon on state property, which includes our eight-campus system and all other public campuses across Ohio.  

Take chances. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Seek your authentic self.

Those were the messages that actor Michael Keaton shared with Kent State University graduates taking part in the One University Commencement on Saturday, May 12.

Mr. Keaton, an Academy Award-nominated actor and Kent State alumnus, delivered the address at Dix Stadium before a standing room-only crowd of more than 21,000 people.