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Governor Appoints Student to Kent State Board of Trustees

Posted Sep. 23, 2011

Chelsea M. Knowles of Hudson, Ohio, has been appointed by Gov. John Kasich to serve as a student member of the Kent State University Board of Trustees. Her term began Sept. 20, 2011, and ends May 16, 2013.
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Kent State’s Board is composed of 11 members who are appointed by the governor of the state of Ohio, with the advice and consent of the state senate. Knowles joins Brady Ruffer, a Kent State senior majoring in integrated social studies, as the two student trustees – one graduate and one undergraduate – appointed to the board.

Knowles is a graduate student who is studying to receive her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Managerial Marketing from Kent State in May 2011.

Knowles has been very active on the campus, especially in the College of Business Administration. She served as the student representative on the Undergraduate College of Business Curriculum Committee; a member of the Kent State chapters of the American Marketing Association, Financial Management Association and the College Entrepreneurs Organization; a member of the Business Professionals’ Roundtable, an advisory committee to the business dean’s office; a social networking administrator for the Honors College; a student associate in the First-Year Experience course; and a student tutor in writing and math. She currently is a graduate assistant in the university’s Academic Success Center.

Knowles replaces Katherine F. O’Brien, who completed her two-year term in May 2011.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Kent State. By Ohio law, the Board is responsible for selecting and appointing the president; setting the operating budget; approving personnel appointments; granting all degrees awarded by the university, including honorary degrees; establishing tuition and fee rates; approving contracts; and approving all rules, regulations, curriculum changes, new programs and degrees of the university.

For more information about Kent State’s Board of Trustees, visit

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