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Kent State Vice President Gene Finn Embraces New Opportunity Following Record Successes

Posted June 9, 2014

Steve Sokany named interim vice president of institutional advancement

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Gene Finn is departing from his role as
Kent State University’s vice president of
institutional advancement and executive
director of the Kent State University
Foundation for a similar position with
Columbia University in New York.

Gene Finn is departing from his role as Kent State University’s vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Kent State University Foundation for a similar position with Columbia University in New York.

During his tenure at Kent State, Finn led the successful completion of the $250 million Centennial Campaign, which raised more than $265 million for the university’s endowment, capital projects and current-operating funds, with particular emphasis on student scholarships. Most recently, Finn managed the foundation’s construction of the new Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center that opened last year in downtown Kent, Ohio.

Finn’s final day with Kent State will be July 31, 2014.

With Finn’s departure, Steve Sokany has been named the university’s interim vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Kent State University Foundation, effective Aug. 1, 2014.

Sokany currently serves as Kent State’s senior associate vice president for institutional advancement, a role he has held since 2002. He first joined the university in 1993.

“Steve Sokany knows firsthand the positive impact that the Division for Institutional Advancement has made on the university, and he’ll continue that momentum,” says Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. “Steve is a strong, personable leader, and he is well-versed in the needs of our university community and in the relationships that have led to strong success for the division and the Kent State Foundation.”

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Steve Sokany has been named Kent
State University’s interim vice president
of institutional advancement and executive
director of the Kent State University
Foundation, effective Aug. 1, 2014.

Sokany earned his Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in nonprofit management from Kent State in 1996, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1990. He also has served as a board member for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland since 2006 and is currently co-chair of the Board of Directors for Gay Games IX, which will be held in Cleveland and Akron this summer.

Sokany lives in Cleveland.

Finn was appointed Kent State’s vice president for institutional advancement in April 2007. As a member of the president’s Cabinet, he is responsible for the university’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Office of Alumni Relations.

For more information about Kent State’s Division of Institutional Advancement, visit www2.kent.edu/advancement.

For more information about the Kent State Foundation, visit www2.kent.edu/advancement/ksufoundation.