The shooting deaths of four Kent State University students in a 1970 Vietnam War protest inflicted wounds that remain raw today. The flashpoint event challenged Kent State to act as a steward of history without dwelling in the past, and move into the future transformed by the lessons of that fateful day. Kent State University Beverly Warren shares the story of her institution's journey from remembrance to renewal.
Beverly J. Warren has served as president of Kent State University since 2014. Warren oversees one of the nation’s largest university systems, ranked in the first-tier of Best National Universities by U.S. New & World Report, with more than 39,000 students across eight campuses in Northeast Ohio.
Warren launched and is leading an ambitious six-year strategic plan that is elevating and amplifying the University’s contributions in the areas of research, service and innovation. As the 50th Anniversary of May 4, 1970 approaches, Warren is spearheading the university’s global exploration of the resulting lessons, learnings and remembrances in a journey toward becoming a vanguard of peaceful resolution and a champion of civil discourse. In addition to housing and sponsoring the May 4 Visitors Center on the Kent campus, the University annually commemorates the day when lives were forever altered when the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of demonstrators, killing four people and wounding nine.
Warren earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University. She holds two doctorates, an Ed.D. in administration of higher education from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Auburn University.