Keynote Speakers

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.

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.

Kathleen Clyde

Kathleen Clyde is current a Portage County Commissioner. Prior to this role, she was a Representative of the 75th District in the Ohio General Assembly for eight years. Clyde served on several committees, including Fiance & Appropriations, Subcommittee on Higher Education, State Government & Elections, Subcommittee on Redistricting, and Agriculture & Natural Resources. 

Clyde earned a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and her Juris Doctorate from the Ohio State University Moritz School of Law where she was an editor of the law review and president of the Public Interest Law Foundation. Clyde served as a law clerk for the Ohio Secretary of State and the Ohio Senate. 


Mindy Farmer, Director, May 4th Visitor's Center

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.

President's Breakfast Reception

President-elect Diacon has 30 years of higher education leadership experience. In his current position as executive vice president and provost of Kent State, he is the second highest-ranking position behind the president. He joined Kent State in April 2012 and is responsible for all academic functions of the university, leading the administration, faculty, and staff within more than 20 academic units, including colleges, schools, departments, and regional campuses of an eight-campus system that enrolls more than 38,000 students.

President-elect Diacon has contributed significantly to elevating Kent State’s academic excellence. During his time as provost, Kent State has enrolled five of its largest freshman classes, increased the number of undergraduate degrees awarded, raised the academic profile of the freshman class, improved graduation rates, and achieved record retention rates.

Before coming to Kent State, President-elect Diacon served as deputy chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His duties included supervising the university’s strategic plan, leading special projects, co-directing university relations with state government, coordinating town-gown initiatives and directing the UMass Community College Connection to encourage community college students to enroll at UMass. In addition to his role of deputy chancellor at UMass, he was a professor of history.

Prior to UMass, President-elect Diacon worked at the University of Tennessee from 1989-2010, joining first as an assistant professor of history. During his career there, he held various positions, including director of the Latin American studies program, head of the history department, NCAA faculty athletics representative, professor of history with tenure, vice provost for academic operations and executive director for academic assessment and program support.

President-elect Diacon specializes in agrarian history and the history of central state power in Brazil. He has authored publications on student success and on the administration of higher education, and he has written several journal articles and two books. His book “Stringing Together a Nation” won the 2005 Warren Dean Prize for the most significant book on Brazilian history.

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

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