KENT -- Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton has announced he will retire effective July 1, 2014.
He has been KSU's president since July 1, 2006.
"I am so proud of where our university is today, and our record-setting performances have exceeded even our own high expectations and captured regional, state and national attention," Lefton said in an email message to university faculty, staff and students this morning. "Kent State is well-positioned for the future, and the academic and physical transformations we have begun - across our campuses and our home communities, most notably, in Kent - will pave the way for an even more exciting future."
Kent State is Ohio's second largest public university.
According to a university release, Kent State enrollment has grown by 25-percent to 42,513 students during Lefton's presidency.