UNCG alum Beverly Warren was interviewed by Cleveland.com regarding her new position as Kent State University in Ohio’s next president beginning in July.

“I can’t begin to tell you what an exciting moment this is for me,” she said. “I feel like jumping out of a gift box.”

Warren has been provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2011. Prior to that, she was VCU’s interim provost and the head of the School of Education’s Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation since 2000. She was appointed dean of the School of Education in January 2007.

Warren said that Kent State should no longer be a best-kept secret and must promote its strengths. It needs to diversify as state funding continues to decline. She would like to increase its endowment to provide more scholarships.

She said she also would like to establish partnerships with universities and community colleges. Students could begin their studies at a community college and be guaranteed admission to Kent State, she said.

“We should have dual programs and degrees and make it more affordable,” she said. “Ohio has a number of outstanding institutions. We should not be competing with one another for singular students.”

Warren received her bachelor’s degree from UNCG and her master’s from Southern Illinois. She holds doctorates in administration of higher education from the University of Alabama and in exercise physiology from Auburn. Previously, she served as professor and chair at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., and as associate professor and director of graduate programs at Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. She also served on the faculty at Auburn in Auburn, Ala., Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Ala.

This story was also referenced by Crain’s Cleveland Business, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.