The Kent State University Board of Trustees has elected Beverly J. Warren, Ed.D., Ph.D., FACSM, currently provost and senior vice president of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), as its next university president at a special board meeting held today (Jan. 8, 2014).

Warren will begin serving as Kent State’s 12th president on July 1, 2014. She will succeed retiring President Lester A. Lefton, who has served as Kent State’s chief executive officer since July 1, 2006.

"President-elect Beverly Warren is the right choice to continue Kent State’s remarkable, positive momentum and will continue to build the growing sense of pride in our university," said Jane Murphy Timken, chair of Kent State’s Board of Trustees.

"She’s ideally suited to build upon the great platform that President Lefton has established over the past eight years. Dr. Warren brings an incredible level of experience and accomplishment, and she quickly stood out within a highly competitive field. She has been called ‘a leader of leaders,’ and speaking for the board, there is unanimous agreement to this insightful accolade."

President-elect Warren was introduced to the university community and shared her enthusiasm in leading Kent State.

Warren has more than 25 years in higher education leadership. She has served as provost and senior vice president at VCU since 2011 and interim provost since April 2010.

As the chief academic officer of the university, she is responsible for academic financial administration, academic affairs and curriculum and degree development, information technology, community programs, the offices of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action compliance and diversity advocacy, the Center for Institutional Effectiveness, the Center for Teaching Excellence, international education, the libraries, and student affairs and enrollment services.

Warren came to VCU in 2000 as a professor and the head of the School of Education’s Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. She has held several senior leadership positions at VCU. She was appointed dean of the School of Education in January 2007 after serving as interim dean since July 2005 and associate dean for faculty affairs since 2003.