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Continuing Ever Upward

Message from the Dean

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Celebrating Achievements

With the 2019-2020 academic year officially underway, the College of Business Administration is building on the momentum from last year and embarking on another year of impressive achievements.

We invite you to browse our 2018-2019 College Highlights to see an overview of the college’s upward trajectory in rankings, high-impact faculty research, world-class student experiences, team successes and events that brought top executives from all sectors of business to Kent State. Most recently, the college moved up in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report undergraduate business programs ranking.

At the same time, we hope you will enjoy learning about some of our most recent accomplishments and upcoming events in this newsletter. We have much to celebrate. From impressive students already making their mark on the business world to faculty members contributing impactful research to drive future business decisions, the College of Business Administration is continuing ever upward.


Deborah Spake

Dean Deborah Spake, Ph.D.
College of Business Administration

College Announcements

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Meet Student Leader Connor Meehan

College of Business Administration student Connor Meehan, a junior pursuing a degree in finance and business management, is the senator for the College of Business Administration. This position allows him to serve as the liaison between the college and Kent State Undergraduate Student Government (USG).

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Photo caption: Finance and business management major Connor Meehan

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Shampa Banerjee Joins Kent State College of Business Administration National Advisory Board

The Kent State University College of Business Administration’s National Advisory Board welcomes Shampa Banerjee, Kent State Ph.D. graduate and chief product officer of Eros Digital at Eros International. Banerjee holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Kent State University and master’s degrees in physics from Case Western Reserve University and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

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Photo caption: Shampa Banerjee

Photo taken at PRME Chapter North America 5th Regional Meeting

College of Business Administration Announces Tasha Eurich as 2020 Spirit of Women in Business Keynote Speaker

The Kent State University College of Business Administration announces Tasha Eurich, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author, as keynote speaker for the 2020 Spirit of Women in Business Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020 on the Kent Campus.

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Photo caption: Tasha Eurich, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author, will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Spirit of Women in Business Conference

Faculty News

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Wendy Tietz, Ph.D.

AICPA Honors Kent State Professor of Accounting Wendy Tietz
with Innovation in Teaching Award

For the fourth time, Wendy Tietz, Ph.D., professor of accounting at Kent State University's College of Business Administration, was recognized for her innovations in teaching accounting by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

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Alumni spotlight

Michael D Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker Series David Webster class of 85 President and ceo of electrical components international inc.

David Webster, ’85, is the featured speaker for the Fall 2019 Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Electrical Components International CEO David Webster Announced
as the Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker

The Kent State College of Business Administration announces Electrical Components International (ECI) President and CEO David Webster, ’85, as the featured Fall 2019 Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker on Oct. 29. Webster will speak on “Building a Global Business.” ECI, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, employs more than 20,000 people with locations spanning more than 15 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

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Building Update

Campaign Highlight Video

Kent State’s College of Business Administration prepares global business leaders to transform their future industries across every aspect of society. Our rankings are soaring, and our teaching practices are more collaborative than ever — highlighting a need for a larger, interactive space on campus. The college is the largest provider of business graduates in Northeast Ohio, which positions Kent State as a hub for business innovation in the Midwest and around the world.

Watch this video to learn how a new building will support our community in Northeast Ohio and ultimately champion Kent State as a global beacon of business innovation.

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Upcoming Events

OCT 28

CEBI Idea Competition
Sponsored by Ohio Innovation Fund

Monday, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Kent Student Center KVIA, reception immediately following

OCT 29

Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.,
Kent State Hotel and Conference Center


Graduate Programs Night

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Kent State Student Center Balcony


1970 Kent ROTC Panel Remembers the May 4 Tragedy

Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Kent Student Center KIVA

In the Headlines

Economics faculty members Shawn Rohlin, Ph.D. and Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley, Ph.D., conducted an economic impact study on the Akron Bowery Project.

Economics Department Chair Kathy Wilson, Ph.D., weighed in on the state of the U.S. economy in a recent radio interview.

Marketing faculty member Kris Barnette was featured on the podcast, “Understanding how Customers See Themselves”.

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50th Commemoration
of May 4

Beginning in the fall of 2019 and continuing through May 4, 2020, Kent State University will honor the 50th commemoration with a year-long observance of educational programs and events in addition to the traditional commemoration activities. If you would like to receive monthly email updates and other periodic communications about the 50th commemoration activities, please opt-in at the link below.

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