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Kent State President and Top Officers Donate Pay Raises to Provide Student Financial Aid (6/4/2009)

Recognizing the financial pressures on today’s students, Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton and the 10 members of his Cabinet will donate their raises this year to contribute to a scholarship fund that will assist students who are having difficulty covering tuition in the face of a struggling Ohio and U.S. economy.

Access to additional financial aid is especially important for many Ohio students whose families and communities are hard hit by the economic recession and the recent bankruptcies in the auto industry. Many Kent State students attending the university’s eight campuses are from counties that have directly experienced plant closings.

“Our students and their families, many of whom are first generation college-bound, persist despite financial hardships because they know that in the long term a college education is important to their future success,” Eugene Finn, vice president for institutional advancement, says. “Our leadership team is personally committed to demonstrating the culture of philanthropy that is essential to the success of the Kent State University Centennial Campaign.

“The Centennial Campaign, with a goal of raising $250 million, will be the most comprehensive in the university’s history and will focus on providing greater opportunities for our students,” Finn adds.

Willis Walker, vice president for human resources, in confirming the specific members of the cabinet who will participate in the donation to the endowed scholarship fund, indicated that any salary increases for the coming year will take effect September 1, 2009, but have not yet been determined.  Details about the financial-aid vehicle are under discussion and will be announced shortly. 

The university’s Cabinet, 10 executive officers who serve as an advisory body to the president, along with President Lester A. Lefton, includes:  the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (Dr. Robert Frank); the university’s seven vice presidents (Gregg Floyd, Finance and Administration; Eugene Finn, Institutional Advancement; Dr. Harold “Pete” Goldsmith, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; Iris Harvey, University Relations; Edward Mahon, Information Services; Willis Walker, Human Resources; and Dr. John West, Research); the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (Laing Kennedy); and the Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Senior Assistant to the President (Dr. Charlene Reed).

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