Governor Names Graduate Student Lara Boman to Kent State Board of Trustees

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed Lara Boman of Ashland, Ohio, to a two-year term as a Graduate Student Trustee of the Kent State University Board of Trustees. Boman’s term began July 28, 2023, and ends May 16, 2025. She replaces Haley Crews, whose term as a Graduate Student Trustee recently expired.

Boman is currently pursuing her doctorate in exercise physiology at Kent State. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in kinesiology and sport management, both from the University of South Dakota.

“I’m honored to be named to the Kent State University Board of Trustees as Graduate Student Trustee,” Boman said. “Graduate students play a unique role in the university ecosystem, with a wide variety of experiences and responsibilities. I look forward to listening to the stories of my classmates and engaging with Board members and leadership to further Kent State’s goals. I’m appreciative of the opportunity to attend Kent State and to serve as Graduate Student Trustee.”

At Kent State, Boman serves as a graduate research assistant in the School of Health Sciences within the College of Education, Health and Human Services and as a Graduate Teaching Fellow through the Graduate College. She also serves on the university’s Graduate Student Senate as an alternate senator. Last year, she was a member of the senate’s International Travel Award Review Committee.

Boman’s academic experience includes serving as an exercise interventionist in a research project studying Parkinson’s disease and exercise and as an adjunct instructor in the School of Education at the University of South Dakota. She also was a life calling career coach at Ashland University. She has presented her research in a poster session at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 2018 Annual Meeting. In 2018, Boman co-authored an article that appeared in the Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

A certified strength and conditioning specialist, Boman is actively involved with professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is also involved in Kent State’s Brain Health Research Institute and the Design Innovation Hub.

A former student-athlete, Boman began her college career as a soccer player, later joining the University of South Dakota’s track and field team. In 2019, she was named an NCAA Division I First-Team Academic All-American for track and field. Boman competed professionally in track and field, specializing in hammer and weight throw. She was a finalist in the 2021 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and a bronze medalist in the 2022 USA Track & Field Indoor Championships.

Kent State’s Board of Trustees currently consists of 14 members, nine of whom are voting members appointed by the governor of the state of Ohio, with the advice and consent of the state Senate, to nine-year terms of office. Two student trustees, one undergraduate and one graduate, are appointed by the governor to two-year terms of office. The Board currently has three national trustees, who serve three-year terms, as additional non-voting members appointed by the Board of Trustees.

For more information about Kent State’s Board of Trustees, visit

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Lara Boman of Ashland, Ohio, has been appointed to the Kent State University Board of Trustees by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 8, 2023 03:05 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 8, 2023 03:24 PM
Emily Vincent