University chief spokesman to retire

Jackie Valley

Kent State will bid farewell to Ron Kirksey, the university’s chief spokesman, at the end of the month when he begins retirement.

According to a University Relations press release, Kirksey will retire April 30 after 10 years as the executive director of university communications and marketing. To honor his time spent at Kent State, a retirement reception will be held 4 to 5:30 p.m. the same day from in Room 306 of the Student Center.

“Ron has earned a special occasion to mark his retirement,” Kathy Stafford, vice president for University Relations, said in the press release.

According to his university biography, Kirksey completed a master’s degree in journalism at Kent State. He spent more than two decades working in the newspaper business, including a position at the Akron Beacon Journal where he was the lead writer for a race relations project that earned a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1994.

Read next week’s copies of the Daily Kent Stater for more information about Kirksey’s departure.

Contact administration reporter Jackie Valley at [email protected].