2018 State of the University Recap

2018 State of the University Recap

October 10, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


– Your presence is especially
meaningful to me today since this is the last time
I will have the privilege of performing this
duty, as your president. You know, in my years as president, this report has always
begun with a brief review of outstanding accomplishments
by Kent State faculty, students and staff, and I see no reason to break tradition today, especially as we have had
a most noteworthy year. First, in the annual U.S.
News and World Report College Rankings, Kent state was again ranked in the first tier of public and private
universities nationwide. Kent State awarded a record number of baccalaureate degrees,
the most in our history. This year we took the
giant step of securing Board of Trustee approval
for our long discussed, 10 year facilities master plan. And as you know, this
plan calls for investing more than one billion dollars to transform our Kent campus. We will see the revitalization
of the main street gateway and new, and expanded
spaces for all of our community learning spaces. New homes for our brain
health research researchers, the College of Business Administration and our Design Innovation Hub are the first projects taking shape. Kent State teamed up this year with the I Promise program from the LeBron James Family Foundation. This partnership focuses
on college readiness and personal development for
these promising students. So as you all know by now, this is the last time
I will have the honor to stand before you and report on the state of the university. My term as your president
will conclude next year. I’ve been deeply touched
by the expressions of affection and support by so many of you in this community, and I make this move with tremendous mixed feelings. It’s been the most gratifying
and fulfilling work of my career, to be in your company and I feel fortunate to
have had this valuable time with you as we try to shape a distinctive Kent State together. We are Kent State. You are Kent State, and Kent State indeed
is in very good hands. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. (applause)