KSU selects VP for administration

Ben Wolford

Indiana State’s Gregg Floyd accepts position as Creamer’s replacement

Gregg Floyd said he’s eager to take on all his new position’s duties after being named vice president for finance and administration yesterday.

He has even given thought to one obscure but important role: bequeather of snow days.

“I hope to be very judicious and make the right call every time,” Floyd said.

Snow days have been of little concern since the post was left vacant May 31, when David Creamer left for a position at Miami University. Yank Heisler, special assistant to the president, filled in as interim vice president.

President Lester Lefton offered Floyd the job Tuesday, and his first day will be Sept. 15.

“I’m anxious to break in and learn more about Kent State,” Floyd said. “I’ve become more acquainted with my colleagues; I’ve met them all, and they seem to be tremendous people.”

Floyd was most recently vice president for business affairs and finance at Indiana State University, but he worked for 18 years as assistant vice chancellor and director of business affairs at Indiana University.

As vice president for finance and administration, Floyd will oversee financial affairs, facilities planning and operations, internal audit, the Student Center and Dining Services, public safety and the university budget.

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Pat Book, vice president for regional development, chaired the search committee that worked since April to make a selection.

“You never know with these things, and there’s nothing worse than a failed search,” she said.

The committee’s favor for Floyd was unanimous, Book said.

“We had a really great consensus among the committee even though we were a very diverse group,” she said. “He was our top candidate.”

Book said Floyd’s many years of experience in higher education administration, his experience in Responsibility Center Management and his law degree were convincing.

But she and Lefton were also impressed with his personality.

Lefton said “he’s a personable guy” with a good “personal communication style.”

Their four children are grown, but Floyd and his wife will be moving from Bloomington, Ind., to Northeast Ohio.

“We spent the last two mornings looking at houses,” Floyd said. “And I think it becomes more confusing the more you look.”

In the meantime, he will head back to Bloomington, where lake-effect snow has never been an issue for him.

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