Todd A. Diacon

President at Kent State University

Todd A. Diacon

Todd A. Diacon

President at Kent State University


Feb. 13, 2012, Todd Diacon, Senior Vice President and Provost, Kent State University
Dr. Todd Diacon has been selected as the new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Kent State University. Kent State President Lester A. Lefton introduced Diacon to the Kent State community today.In this position, Diacon will serve as the chief academic officer for the university’s eight-campus system. It is the second-highest ranking position at Kent State behind the university president. Diacon will be responsible for all academic affairs functions of the university, leading the faculty and staff within its nine colleges and seven Regional Campuses located throughout Northeast Ohio. He will provide leadership in the areas of curriculum; academic personnel and faculty affairs; research and sponsored programs; experiential education and civic engagement; and student success and global education. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, Diacon will assist in the development and administration of university policies and strategic goals.

“Dr. Diacon will make a great addition to our institution that is focused on student success,” Lefton said. “He’s a first-rate scholar. He focuses on listening, and he is appreciative of a wide variety of views. He is quick to see a range of opportunities and solutions, promoting collaboration and respect. I also want to thank our provost search committee led by Dean Dan Mahony from our College of Education, Health and Human Services for its work and valuable input, as well as the students, faculty and staff who provided comments and feedback to the committee.”

Diacon said he is excited to join the Kent State community. “It is my great honor to be chosen as the provost of Kent State University,” Diacon said. “When I interviewed on campus, one thing became apparent: the students, faculty and staff love their university, appreciate its strengths, and are united in their desire to continue to grow and improve what already is one of the nation’s top universities. I very much look forward to working for President Lefton, for the faculty and staff, and for the students of Kent State University.”

Diacon comes to Kent State from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he serves as deputy chancellor. His duties include supervising the university’s strategic plan, leading special projects, co-directing university relations with state government, coordinating town-gown initiatives and directing the UMass Community College Connection to encourage community college students to enroll at UMass. In addition to his role of deputy chancellor at UMass, he also is a professor of history. Diacon specializes in agrarian history and the history of central state power in Brazil. He has authored publications on student success and on the administration of higher education, and he has written several journal articles and two books. His book titled “Stringing Together a Nation” won the Warren Dean Prize for the best book on Brazilian history.

Prior to UMass, Diacon worked at the University of Tennessee from 1989 to 2010, joining first as an assistant professor of history. During his career there, he held various positions, including director of the Latin American studies program, head of the history department, NCAA faculty athletics representative, professor of history with tenure, vice provost for academic operations and executive director for academic assessment and program support.A native of Wellington, Kan., Diacon received his bachelor’s degree in history from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., and his master’s and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Diacon will join Kent State on June 1* (see update below). He replaces Dr. Robert G. Frank, who was announced last month as the next president of the University of New Mexico, his alma mater.

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University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Kent State University

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The University of Wisconsin–Madison has long been recognized as one of America's great universities. A public, land-grant institution, UW–Madison offers a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs and student activities. Spanning 936 acres along the southern shore of Lake Mendota, the campus is located in the city of Madison.

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Kent State University (KSU) is a large, primarily residential, public research university in Kent, Ohio, United States.The university also includes seven regional campuses in Northeast Ohio and additional facilities in the region and internationally. Regional campuses are located in Ashtabula, Burton, East Liverpool, Jackson Township, New Philadelphia, Salem, and Warren, Ohio, with additional facilities in Cleveland, Independence, and Twinsburg, Ohio, New York City, and Florence, Italy. The university was established in 1910 as a teacher-training school.

Executive Director for Academic Assessment & Program Support
1989 - 2010

The University of Tennessee (also referred to as the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, UT Knoxville, UT, or UTK) is a public sun-grant and land-grant university headquartered at Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1794, two years before Tennessee entered the Union as the 16th state, it is the flagship institution of the statewide University of Tennessee system with nine undergraduate colleges and eleven graduate colleges and hosts almost 28,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries.

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UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

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