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“Father of Technology” Charles W. Keith to Be Honored at Kent State’s 14th Annual Vision 21 Award Celebration

Posted Mar. 24, 2014

Kent State University’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology will host the 14th annual Vision 21 Award Celebration at the Kent Student Center on Saturday, May 3, at 6 p.m.

Photo of Charles KeithThe evening will posthumously honor former Kent State Assistant Dean Charles W. Keith, Ph.D. Keith is nationally recognized as the “father of technology” for single-handedly starting NAIT, a national technology accreditation organization. His children will accept the Clinton Van Deusen Award, the college’s highest honor, on his behalf.

“Dr. Charles Keith is a special person in the history of Kent State University,” said John DeCola, director of institutional advancement at Kent State. “This recognition is long overdue, and we are thrilled to honor him, as well as our five distinguished alumni.”

The recognized alumni include Corey Head, Martin Dusel, Mark White, Don Ball and Capt. Peter Cook. AGC of Akron, Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic, item NA and CommutAir will be inducted into the Corporate Hall of Fame, and key scholarships will be awarded to the highest-achieving students.

“This is going to be a wonderful evening to share with our alumni and friends,” DeCola said.

Tickets for the event and sit-down dinner are $50. Parties of eight can purchase a table at $360. The registration deadline is April 2.

Contact Peg Studer for reservations at 330-672-5822 or mastuder@kent.edu. If you are interested in sponsorships ranging from $500 to $2,000, contact DeCola at 330-672-8754 or jdecola2@kent.edu to request specifics.

For more information about Kent State’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, visit www.kent.edu/caest.

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Photo Caption:
Kent State University’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology will posthumously honor former Kent State Assistant Dean Charles W. Keith, Ph.D., with the Clinton Van Deusen Award, the college’s highest honor. Keith is nationally recognized as the “father of technology” for single-handedly starting NAIT, a national technology accreditation organization.

Media Contacts:
John DeCola, jdecola2@kent.edu, 330-672-8754
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595