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Governor Appoints Richard H. Marsh to Kent State Board of Trustees

Posted Aug. 9, 2011

Gov. John Kasich has appointed Richard H. Marsh of Akron to serve on the Kent State University Board of Trustees. Marsh’s term is from July 27, 2011, through May 16, 2020.
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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. Trustees, with the exception of two student trustees, are appointed to nine-year terms of office.

Marsh served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of FirstEnergy Corp. He retired from FirstEnergy in July 2009 after 29 years with the company. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and also holds a Certificate in Management Accounting.

He currently serves as chair of the Summa Health System Board of Directors. In addition, Marsh serves as a board member of the Kent State University Foundation and chairs the Distribution Committee of the Sisler McFawn Foundation. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Kent State, as well as a Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration from the University of Akron.

Marsh replaces Andrew Banks, chairman and CEO of Mid-America Consulting Group, who completed his term in May.

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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