Kent State University named Beverly J. Warren to succeed President Lester A. Lefton Jan. 8.
Warren, 65, is provost and senior vice president of Virginia Commonwealth University. She will assume the post July 1 when Lefton, who has served as KSU's president since July 2006, retires.
Warren has signed a three-year contract with an annual base salary of $450,000. Under the contract, she will be eligible for incentive payments of up to $75,000 annually based on achievement of mutually agreed upon objectives. She also will receive a one-time supplemental payment of $30,000.
Referencing the high-profile search process, Warren told a packed house at Rockwell Hall, "I feel like jumping out of a gift box or something."
"A university is really formed by its people, and I have been so impressed with the people of Kent State University," she said. "My pledge is a 24/7, high-energy commitment to this institution and to the ideals that I know you articulated to me and want to see for the best future for this university."
Warren is KSU's second female president. She follows Carol Cartwright, who served from 1991 to 2006. Warren will be the university's 12th president overall -- a designation honored by a No. 12 Golden Flashes jersey given to her by the KSU Board of Trustees.
Richard Marsh, KSU trustee and chairman of the 17-member presidential search committee that recruited Warren, said the panel was looking for three qualities: An outstanding academic leader; someone with strong administrative experience; and someone who can connect with people to foster inspiration.
"Bev really had all three of those elements in a really unbeatable package," he said.
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