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Kent State University Elects New President

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Beverly Warren

Kent State University

Kent State University’s Board of Trustees elected Beverly Warren as the new campus president today.

Warren hails from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she has served as provost and senior vice president since 2011.

As WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports, Warren has 25 years of experience in higher education leadership, including professor positions at VCU, Smith College and Auburn University.

Jane Murphy Timken, chair of KSU’s Board of Trustees, says they sought out Warren for her credentials, leadership style, and her experience helping students succeed academically.

“During her tenure at VCU, the graduation rate rose by almost double digits, and that success we’d love for her to bring to Kent State University,” Timken says.


When she arrives July 1st, Warren has big shoes to fill.  Her successor Lestor Lefton has been working with the city of Kent on a $110 million redevelopment project aimed at revitalizing the area and boosting the local economy.

Timken says the trustees would like to see Warren build upon that relationship and “make Kent into more of a university town like Amherst or Charlottesville.”

Kent State has been searching for a new president since Leston announced his plans to retire last April.  Leston already has plans for a new job leading LeftonGroup, a higher education consulting firm.


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