Kent State University appoints new president

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Todd Diacon, Ph.D., Kent State University’s 13th President

KENT, Ohio (WKBN) – Kent State University appointed their 13th president and provost April 29.

Todd Diacon, Ph.D., will begin his term on July 1. President Beverly J. Warren is stepping down after serving for five years. 

A 16-member search committee asked for input from faculty, staff, students, donors, alumni, elected officials, the Kent community and others.

Chair of the Kent State Board of Trustees, Ralph Della says the vote was unanimous.

“After a rigorous national search, we have found that leader. Today, in a unanimous vote, the Kent State Board of Trustees has elected Todd Diacon, Ph.D., as Kent State’s 13th president. The Board is confident that Dr. Diacon’s substantial contributions to Kent State’s advancement over the past seven years demonstrate that he is the right person at the right time to continue our remarkable momentum and progress,” 

Diacon is currently serving as vice president for the university. He started his position in April 2012. He is responsible for all academic functions, as well as leading administration, faculty, and staff for 20 academic units. 

Della continued his statement:

“Dr. Diacon knows Kent State well and has a deep understanding of the university’s strengths and potential. We all agree that he has the leadership ability to accelerate our momentum in reaching our highest aspirations. Dr. Diacon is committed to advancing Kent State’s position as a top-tier public research university and our intense focus on strengthening student success, research and academic excellence.”

Before starting at Kent, Diacon was deputy chancellor at the University of Massachusetts and a professor of history at the school. He also worked at the University of Tennessee. 

He has written several journal articles and two books. 

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