Big Ideas | Office of the President | Kent State University

Big Ideas

Dear Members of the Kent State Community:

Earlier this semester, the Kent State University Board of Trustees and the Kent State University Foundation unanimously approved the administration’s proposal for the most ambitious comprehensive fundraising campaign in the history of the university. Support of this proposal represents a significant vote of confidence in our community’s capacity to dream big dreams and achieve them.

As we prepare to launch this groundbreaking fundraising effort, we want to invite every member of our community to play a role in envisioning ideas that will inspire the hearts and philanthropic interests of our alumni and friends as well as foundation and corporate partners. Today we are asking you to think big and share your most creative and mold-shattering ideas that promise to transform and elevate the capacity of our students, faculty and staff.

Truly big ideas encompass the following attributes:

  • They are aligned with our Strategic Roadmap;
  • They are forward-thinking and advance Kent State’s national distinctiveness; and
  • They are interdisciplinary and/or interdepartmental, concrete and can be described succinctly in an elevator-type speech.

I know this community has the ingenuity to recommend a menu of ideas and aspirations that will make for an undeniably compelling fundraising case for support.  I am very much looking forward to thinking big with you as we enjoy the process of this exciting campaign journey.

Please share your ideas, questions and aspirations at thinkbig@kent.edu.

We will share the results of this community-wide virtual think tank following the start of the 2017 Spring Semester. Until then, thank you for thinking big for the future of Kent State University.

With best regards,

Beverly Warren