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The search for Kent State's new president is beginning
Kent State University trustees say community, faculty and student input will be key in finding a replacement for Lester Lefton
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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The search for Kent State University’s next president is getting underway. The Board of Trustees is starting to build a search committee to find a replacement for President Lester Lefton, who announced last month he is retiring in July of 2014.

Trustee Richard Marsh is heading the search. He says the committee should be formed by this summer, and will include a representative from the city of Kent as well as university officials. Meanwhile, Marsh says the trustees will begin looking five-to-10 years ahead to determine what type of president the university will need.

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“We know the environment will get more difficult with more cuts in state funding and concerns about affordability. So, whoever the new president is, they’ll have some challenges in putting together a model that allow us to continue the growth and success we’ve had.”

The university will also post a website where students, university faculty and staff, and Kent residents can submit suggestions on skills the new president should have. Lefton was named Kent’s 12th president in  2006.

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