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Message from the Dean

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Dear Alumni and Friends: 

The College of Business Administration is excited to kick off what is sure to be a momentous year.

The Kent State Board of Trustees recently selected Signet Real Estate Group to lead the design phase of the new College of Business Administration building. I encourage you to take a look at the proposed design here. To receive updates on the building, please sign up here.

Looking toward the college’s future, we are also pleased to share a number of new initiatives and events which will advance college partnerships with the business community.

Thank you to all of the alumni who joined us on October 6 to celebrate 100 years of Homecoming. It was wonderful to connect with so many of you.



Deborah Spake, Ph.D.

College Announcements

Citizen Bank

Citizens Bank Sponsors Global Management Speaker Series

The Kent State College of Business Administration has partnered with Citizens Bank as the presenting sponsor of the 2018-19 Global Management Speaker Series.

The first of four speaker series events for the year featured Swagelok Chairman and CEO Arthur Anton, who spoke to more than 200 in attendance at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center. The next GMC event is expected to take place in Cleveland in early 2019.

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Ralph Della Ratta, president of Citizens Bank Ohio; Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D., dean, Kent State College of Business Administration and Arthur Anton, Chairman and CEO of Swagelok, pose for a photo at the first GMC Speaker Series event in early October.

BizTech Talk

Center for Information Systems Launches BizTech Talk Series

The Center for Information Systems at Kent State University’s College of Business launched the inaugural BizTech Talk series by welcoming Capellas Partners CEO Michael Capellas, ’76, on Oct. 9. Capellas is a four-time corporate CEO whose career as a global technology leader has spanned from innovative technology start-ups to large corporate turnarounds including Compaq Computer Corporation, HP and First Data Corporation. He discussed “How #DisruptiveTechnology Will Change Your Future.”

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Dr. Drew Sellers, director of the Center for Information Systems and assistant professor of accounting; Michael Capellas ’76, four-time corporate CEO and Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D., dean of the Kent State College of Business Administration, pose for a photo during the inaugural BizTech Talk on October 9.

CEBI Idea Pitch

Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation Holds Inaugural CEBI Idea Pitch

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (CEBI) at the College of Business Administration partnered with presenting sponsor, the Ohio Innovation Fund, to host the inaugural idea pitch competition, CEBI Idea, which was held Oct. 8.

The event created an opportunity for students to receive mentoring on their business idea and win seed money totaling $2,500. Winning students were Jaynanne Sheehan, first place; Nicole Bitskay, second place; Kathyrn Gray, third place; Lillian Lewis, fourth place and Nick Marstellar, fifth place.

Judges for the competition were Bill Baumel, managing director, Ohio Innovation Fund; Lou Schneeberger, executive chairman, Performex; Arthur Karas, president, C&K Industrial Services, Inc. and Patrick Mullin, retired managing partner, Deloitte & Touche.

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Nick Kollar

Finance Major Appointed to Kent State Board of Trustees

Gov. John Kasich has appointed Nick Kollar, a finance major in the College of Business Administration, to a two-year term as the undergraduate student trustee on the Kent State University Board of Trustees. Kollar’s term concludes on May 6, 2020.

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Faculty Highlights

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College Welcomes New Faculty Members

The Kent State College of Business Administration welcomed three new faculty members at the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. Meng-Hua Hsieh, Ph.D., Kun (Carl) Liu, Ph.D. and William Billik, Ph.D. joined the college.

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Craig Zamary Serves as a Fulbright Specialist in Columbia

Craig Zamary, Kent State College of Business Administration entrepreneurship faculty member, was selected to serve as a Fulbright Specialist in Columbia in summer 2018 by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Zamary traveled to Bucaramanga, Colombia, where he lectured, shared best practices and advised business owners about building a robust entrepreneurship ecosystem in Colombia.

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In the Headlines

Kent State selects Signet Real Estate Group to design new business administration building (Crain’s Cleveland)

Akron's Signet Real Estate Group to lead $3.2 million design phase for Kent State's College of Business Administration (

Research on Fake News by Mark Whitmore, Ph.D., Makes International Headlines (Crain’s Cleveland)

Wendy Tietz, Ph.D. Featured in Strategic Finance on Using Snapchat to Engage Students

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