Alumni Listening Tour

Kristen Kobe

President Beverly Warren’s alumni Listening Tour kicked off on July 23 with its first stop in Akron, Ohio.  This six month Listening Tour will consist of more than 50 different events. 

“To chart the course for the future of this university I must first listen and learn from those of you who have a passion and a desire to see this university’s best future,” said President Warren in her address to the Faculty Senate at its July meeting.            

Kent State University cannot rest on the status quo of what universities are expected to be, Warren said. Kent State needs young leaders, new knowledge and new ways of thinking. President Warren said she wants to take what she learns and make it an active process.

“Active listening is the best way to lead,” she said. “I don’t lead from the front, but I lead from the masses and I need you to come along with me.”

Here are the alumni Listening Tour events that have been scheduled thus far:

July 23 – Akron – Evening reception at the John S. Knight Center

Aug. 26 – Canton – Evening reception at Gervasi Vineyard

Sept. 30 – Cleveland – Evening reception at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Oct. 2 – Pittsburgh – Evening reception at the Duquesne Club

Nov. 2 – Orlando – Brunch at the Villages

Nov. 17 – New York City – Evening reception

Nov. 20 – Chicago – Evening reception, downtown

Jan. 21 – San Francisco – Evening reception at the J.W. Marriott

Feb. 26 – Los Angeles – Evening reception

Feb. 28 – Phoenix – Brunch at the Biltmore

Contact Kristen Kobe at [email protected].