“We’ve turned lemons into lemonade. We’ve taken the worst economic recession in our lifetime and turned it around."
- Dr. Lester A. Lefton, President, Kent State University
“We knew if we brought the right people to the table, we could make it happen.”
- David Ruller, Kent City Manager
“This is one of the most amazing things that could ever happen to a city. In a small town like this, it might only happen once every 100 years. I have to admit I’ve never seen anything like this.”
- Howard Boyle, Hometown Bank
“I can stand out in front of these streets today and say ‘this is happening in the City of Kent’ is amazing to me.”
- Jerry Fiala, Kent Mayor
“This is the place we want to be, and we’re very happy to be part of the Kent community.”
- Karl Warnke, The Davey Tree Expert Company
“Today you see the start of what is going to be a great future for Kent.”
- Matt French, Ametek Inc.
“This particular project is a model project, not only in Ohio but across the country.”
- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan
Foundations of Excellence
In recent years, Kent State University has been widely recognized as one of the world's finest public research universities and as an institution that is helping Northeast Ohio compete and succeed. As we look to the future, our academic community is committed to maintaining — and raising — the high standards of scholarship and service we have set for ourselves. As part of this "excellence agenda," the university has embarked on a major, multifaceted initiative to make each of our eight campuses everything a world-class, 21st-century campus should be — for the sake of our students, faculty and staff, and the many other stakeholders who count on Kent State every day.
In Just Four Years
During the next four years, we will transform our campuses with new buildings and revitalized classroom, laboratory, studio, performance, living and studying spaces. Without exception, these projects will support Kent State's top priorities: academic excellence and the success of all students. In turn, they will keep Kent State a leader in campus safety, accessibility and sustainability; and will serve as a powerful magnet for top students, employees and partners in areas from economic development to community service.
Economic Development & Regional Impact
The exciting developments on our campuses mirror the exciting projects underway in the city of Kent and in many communities served by our Regional Campuses. When our capital plans are realized, we will be able to say that Kent State was part of an investment in the future totaling nearly $700 million; helped create nearly 1,700 jobs; and improved the quality of life in Northeast Ohio.