Kent State University President to Step Down

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President Lester A. Lefton (Photo Credit: Kent State University)

President Lester A. Lefton (Photo Credit: Kent State University)

President Lester A. Lefton (Photo Credit: Kent State University)

KENT, Ohio — Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton is retiring this summer.

He has served as president for seven years, and will finish out his eighth and final year before stepping down when his contract expires on July, 1, 2014, school spokesman Eric Mansfield said.

“I am so proud of where our university is today, and our record-setting performances have exceeded even our own high expectations and captured regional, state and national attention,” Lefton said in an email message to university faculty, staff and students this morning. “Kent State is well-positioned for the future, and the academic and physical transformations we have begun – across our campuses and our home communities, most notably, in Kent – will pave the way for an even more exciting future.”

According to a news release, under Lefton’s leadership, Kent State University has solidified its position as Northeast Ohio’s #1 public university — leading in enrollment, graduates and retention.

A search committee is forming to find a new president.

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