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Stokes Named Ambassador for Kent State President
KENT, Ohio -- Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton has named former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes as the 2013-2014 Kent State President’s Ambassador, the university announced Tuesday.
The one-year appointment that begins in the fall is designed to bring distinguished local minority leaders and professionals to share their knowledge and experience with the Kent State community.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to serve as the Kent State President’s Ambassador and deem it quite an honor,” Stokes said in a statement “I am excited to work with the school and the students.”
The president’s ambassador is expected to help promote pluralism, understanding and mutual respect among diverse constituencies of students, staff, faculty and administrators at Kent State as well as help address diversity challenges, implement diversity initiatives, engage students and assist with other responsibilities that advance universitywide goals.
“Mr. Stokes achieved many firsts in the course of his successful career as a distinguished lawyer, former congressman and civil rights activist, and we are honored that he has accepted to partner with Kent State by serving as our new President’s Ambassador,” Lefton said in prepared statement.
Stokes, who became the first black member of Congress from Ohio, served 15 consecutive terms in the House of Representatives.