Keynote Speakers


Dr. Mindy Farmer is the director of the May 4th Visitors Center where she oversees all aspects of the Center’s educational programming and academic outreach.  During her tenure, the Center has doubled in size to include a new Reflection Gallery which hosts new, original exhibitions.  She and her team our currently working on a series of exhibits celebrating the lives of the four students killed on May 4, 1970 and a collaborative tribute to the 50th anniversaries of the shootings at Kent State and Jackson State.


Before joining the Center, she worked for the National Archives and Records Administration as the founding education specialist at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.  One of her primary – and most challenging –missions was to build public trust and establish nonpartisanship educational programming at the once highly partisan, private institution. She played a key role in some of the Library’s most high-profile successes, including the creation of the Watergate Gallery and the first academic conference. She also worked closely with local educators on a variety of innovative initiatives and oversaw the bustling school tour program.  She also rewrote the panel on the Kent State Shootings.


Dr. Farmer holds a doctorate in modern United States history from Ohio State University.  She has taught a variety of courses at both at her alma mater and the University of Dayton.

Monica Moll

Monica Moll was named The Ohio State University’s Director of Public Safety in October of 2016. She is responsible for the direction of The Ohio State University’s Police Division, Communications & Security Technology, Emergency Management & Fire Prevention, Central Campus Security Services and Wexner Medical Center Security.


Director Moll came to Ohio State from Bowling Green State University where she had served as Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for six years. At BGSU she was responsible for the direction of the BGSU Police Department, the Office of Emergency Management, Parking Services and Shuttle Services.


Prior joining BGSU, Director Moll was a Lieutenant in the Kent State University Police Department. During her 14 years at KSU she served as shift commander, CIT officer, crisis negotiator for the Metro SWAT Team, community policing liaison, basic police academy instructor, and investigator. She also taught undergraduate policing courses as an adjunct professor.


Director Moll completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work at The University of Akron. She has both a Master of Public Administration degree and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Kent State University. Director Moll is also a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College, the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program, and the 238th session of the FBI National Academy.

Harlan M. Sands

Harlan M. Sands was appointed by the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees to serve as the University’s seventh President, effective June 1, 2018.

Sands is a highly regarded and widely respected higher education leader with extensive experience at urban research universities.

Sands came to CSU from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Vice Dean of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. Among his responsibilities were overseeing and administering divisions of finance/administration, budget, human resources, information technology, communications/marketing, internal audit/compliance, facilities and research data services.

Sands has also worked at the University of Louisville, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Florida International University.

Prior to his career in higher education, Sands practiced law as an assistant public defender in Miami. He also served on active duty for more than a decade in the U.S. Navy, including service as a surface warfare officer on the USS Guam (LPH-9) and several tours of duty as an intelligence officer.

He holds a B.S. in Economics (Finance) from The Wharton School, an M.B.A. with a major in Finance from George Washington University and a J.D. from George Mason University.

Hot Topic Round Table Sessions

Small Communities / Schools

Friday, July 19, 1:45pm-2:45pm, KSU Hotel & Conference Center, Dix Ballroom


Dr. Denise Seachrist, Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, Kent State University Stark Campus


Lou Bertrand, Mayor of Hiram, Ohio

Janet Coon, Associate Director of Government & External Affairs, NEOMED

David Ruller, City Manager of Kent, Ohio

Large Communities / Schools

Friday, July 19, 1:45pm-2:45pm, KSU Hotel & Conference Center, McGilvrey/Kent Ballroom



Shelley Dickstein, City Manager of Dayton, Ohio


Dr. Gary Dickstein, Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Wright State University

Dr. Lamar Hylton, Dean of Students, Kent State University

Steve Patterson, Mayor of Athens, Ohio

Dr. Kate Rousmaniere, Mayor of Oxford, Ohio

Jason Segedy, Assistant to the Mayor, Director of Planning & Urban Development, City of Akron, Ohio

Dean Tondiglia, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police, Kent State University

Created by Ohio Town & Gown Summit Planning Committee. Questions: Email