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College of Business Administration

College of Business Administration
P.O. Box 5190 Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Telephone: 330-672-2872
Fax: 330-672-4043



The College of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Management hold membership in the AACSB, International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This association is recognized by the National Commission on Accrediting and the U.S. Office of Education as the official accrediting agency for business at the collegial level. AACSB standards include an evaluation of faculty adequacy and competence; admissions standards and caliber of the student body; library facilities; physical plant and equipment; financial support of the institution; and the content and breadth of both the professional and nonprofessional curricular requirements.

The College of Business Administration was organized in 1936 under enabling legislation passed by the General Assembly of the state of Ohio. After starting with 300 students and four faculty members, the college now numbers approximately 4,000 undergraduate students, 500 master's students, 50 doctoral students and 56 faculty members.


Mission Statement

The Kent State University College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management fulfill their charge from the university and the state of Ohio by providing high-quality undergraduate, graduate and executive programs by engaging in a combination of instructional, research and scholarship, and service activities. While selected graduate programs encompass national and international clienteles, our programs primarily serve the citizens of Northeast Ohio. For selected graduate programs, the geographical sphere encompasses national and international clienteles.

The undergraduate programs of the College of Business Administration provide high-quality education in business and a foundation for lifelong learning. These programs serve as an important resource for Northeast Ohio by offering undergraduate-level business education throughout the region.

Degrees Offered

The College of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Management offer six degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels:

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Arts in Economics
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Financial Engineering
  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Accounting Advisory Council

The Accounting Advisory Council is a group of individuals made up of faculty members, members of the business and professional accounting community, and Kent State University administrators, who meet on a regular basis (usually quarterly) to discuss matters that impact the ability of accounting majors at KSU to become professionals with an expertise in accounting. The Accounting Department relies on this Council to:

  1. provide information on the professional attributes and knowledge that our Accounting majors need to pursue a successful career;
  2. review the accounting courses and curriculum periodically and make recommendations for curriculum changes which will improve the quality of the accounting program;
  3. assist in improving public relations and communications between the Department and the community;
  4. and review of legislative and administrative issues impacting the accounting degree program or accounting in general.

Practice Representatives:

  • Gary Alger, Auditor of State's Office-Youngstown Region, 242 Federal Plaza West, Suite 302, Youngstown, OH
  • Ryan Braun, Progressive, 300 North Commons Blvd., Box OHT6G, Mayfield Village, OH
  • Marjorie L. Connor, The Davey Tree Expert Company, 1500 North Mantua St., Kent, OH
  • Robert Goll, Card, Palmer, Sibbison & Company, 4545 Hinckley Ave., Cleveland OH
  • Kenneth M. Haffey, Skoda, Minotti & Company, 6685 Beta Dr., Mayfield Village, OH
  • Larry Holland, Meaden & Moore, Inc., 1100 Superior Ave., Suite 1100, Cleveland, OH
  • Martin Hrabik, Walthall, Drake & Wallace, 6300 Rockside Rd., Suite 100, Cleveland, OH
  • Pamela Huggins, Parker Hannifin Corporation, 6035 Parkland Blvd., Cleveland, OH
  • Brian Jones, RSM McGladrey, Inc., 1001 Lakeside Avenue East, Suite 1400, Cleveland, OH
  • Rick Kavenagh, Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Company, 1735 Merriman Rd., Akron, OH
  • Dina Leader, Deloitte & Touche, 127 Public Square, Suite 2500, Cleveland, OH
  • Gregory Long, Long, Cook & Samsa, Inc., 505 North Market St., P.O. Box 58, Wooster, OH
  • Debra Marthey, The J.M. Smucker Company, Strawberry Lane, Orrville, OH
  • Timothy Michael, Rea & Associates, 419 W. High Ave., P.O. Box 1020, New Philadelphia, OH
  • Julie Osredkar, KPMG LLP, 1375 East 9th, St., Suite 2600, Cleveland, OH
  • Charles Paulson, Maloney & Novotny LLC, 1111 Superior Ave., Suite 700, Cleveland, OH
  • Patricia Piteo, Cohen & Company, 400 Commerce Building, 201 East Commerce St., Youngstown, OH
  • John Relic, Ernst & Young LLP, 1300 Huntington Building, Cleveland, OH
  • John Rose, Ciuni & Panichi, 25201 Chagrin Blvd., Cleveland, OH
  • Hans-Peter Rudolph, Crowe Horwath LLP, 5900 Landerbrook Dr., Suite 205, Cleveland, OH
  • James Sanfilippo, Grant Thornton LLP, 1228 Euclid Ave., Suite 800, Cleveland, OH
  • Alan Tobin, CBIZ/Mayer Hoffman McCann, 4040 Embassy Parkway, Suite 100, Akron, OH
  • Mary Eileen Vitale, Howard Wershbale & Company, 23240 Chagrin Blvd., Cleveland, OH

University Representatives:

  • Mark Altieri, Committee Chair, External Relations Committee
  • Marilyn Bokrass, Academic Program Coordinator, Department of Continuing Studies
  • Jo Ann Gustafson, Director, Internal Audit
  • Hobson Hamilton, Assistant Director, Career Services Center, Corporate and Community Relations
  • Don McFall, Advisor, Accounting Association and Beta Alpha Psi, External Relations Committee
  • Norman Meonske, Coordinator, IMA Conference, External Relations Committee
  • David Young, Associate Treasurer and Tax Manager
  • Linda Zucca, Interim Department Chair, Internship Courses, External Relations Committee

Business Advisory Council

The Business Advisory Council is made up of business leaders and industrialists with interests in Northeast Ohio. Included in the membership of the council are several outstanding alumni of the college. The group meets regularly with the dean of the College of Business Administration to provide a close liaison between the business world and education, and to advise on the curricula and other programs of the college.

Current members include:

  • William A. Bartkus, Vice President, Information Systems, Travel Centers of America, Westlake, Ohio
  • John S. Brinzo, CEO, Cleveland Cliffs Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jack J. Burke, Senior Vice President, Investments, Ferris Baker Watts, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jack Crews, President, BTE Enterprises Company, LLC, Kent, Ohio
  • Joseph P. Ditchman Jr., Senior Vice President/Partner, Colliers International, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Patricia Enright, Manager, Global Management Reporting Systems, Eaton Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Raymond W. Evans, Consultant, Titan International, Stow, Ohio
  • Mary Christine Jackman, Director of Investments, Maryland State Treasury Office, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Steven C. Karzmer, Attorney at Law, Calfee, Halter and Griswold LLP, Columbus, Ohio
  • Michael R. Kennedy, Chairman and CEO, MRK Technologies Ltd., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Daniel E. Klimas, President and CEO, Lorain National Bank, Lorain, Ohio
  • Daniel L. Knotts, Senior Vice President, R. R. Donnelley Inc., Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Joseph T. Kubic, President, AdCom Communications Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nobby Lewandowski, CPA, Lewandowski & Co., Medina, Ohio
  • James A. Lisy, Sr., Managing Director, Corporate Finance Group, Cohen & Company, LTD, Cleveland, Ohio
  • John Loulan, Principal, NXTP Consulting, LLC, Richfield, Ohio
  • David W. McCauley, President, LSI Graphic Solutions Plus, North Canton, Ohio
  • Lee A. McMannis, President, Aftermarket Performance by Design, LLC, Hudson, Ohio
  • Stanley R. Miller, President, NAACP–Cleveland Chapter, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Douglas C. Mory, Relationship Manager, First Merit Bank, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Stuart D. Neidus, Chairman and CEO, Anthony and Sylvan Pools, Mayfield Village, Ohio
  • James Pazderak, President, Covenant Financial Group, Westlake, Ohio
  • Stephen K. Pollock (retired), former Vice President of Finance, The Hoover Company, Massillon, Ohio
  • Stanley C. Rose (retired), former Vice President for Merchandising, Distribution and Control, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio
  • Thomas P. Rudibaugh, Partner, Grant Thornton, LLP, Cleveland, Ohio
  • R. Louis Schneeberger, Consultant, Austin Powder Holdings Company, Beachwood, Ohio
  • R. Drew Sellers, CIO, Life Line Screening, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Kenneth J. Sidon, President, Antares Management Solutions, Beachwood, Ohio
  • Lee A. Trotter Jr., Deputy County Administrator, Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Frank Vaughn (retired), former President, The Hoover Co., Aurora, Ohio
  • Curtis J. Zamec, CEO, Wilbert Inc., Broadview, Illinois