Familiar Face

M. Renee Romine

Director, Training and Organizational Development
Division of Human Resources, Training & Development
Kent Campus

BRANCH, RANK, AND MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY:

Army, Captain and Signal Officer (MOS 25A) The Army's Signal Corps is responsible for all systems of communication for the entire Army. The Signal Corps strives to provide seamless, secure, consistent and dynamic information systems at all levels of command and for any situation.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Provide training and development opportunities for all Kent State University campuses, milestone recognition programs and more. My department oversees employee training records and manages the Beyond Compliance process. Other areas of responsibility include the university’s new employee orientation, the Institute for Excellence leadership program, courses for Individual Contributors, Supervisors and Managers, the Job Enrichment Training program for employees covered by the AFSCME labor union, individual training plans and more. We use a blended training approach; facilitator-led workshops, 60-minute webinars, online self-paced courses and live virtual workshops. We also offer customized workshops for retreats and more. Our newest adventure will be the Executive Excellence Institute program.  It will launch next spring. It is an intense two-week leadership program for deans, chairs and associate vice presidents. Look for more information soon.

WORKED AT KENT STATE SINCE:

February 1987

EMPLOYMENT PRIOR TO KENT STATE UNIVERSITY:

I have worked at Kent State University for most of my adult life and concurrently in the Army Reserve as a Signal Officer/Communication Operations Officer. I volunteered for the Town Hall II crisis helpline for over 10 years and served as a Project Learn instructor. Serving others has been an important part of my life. 

FAVORITE MEMORY WHILE AT KENT STATE:

My favorite memories have been spending time with my family at the university, ice skating, bowling and attending athletic events.

LIKES MOST ABOUT KENT STATE:

Being a 33-year employee at Kent State, I have most enjoyed working with the custodial staff. I appreciate their hard work, honesty and sincerity. Additionally, I like driving on campus and looking at the beautiful grounds. Most of all, I like seeing the diverse cultures and working with the Employee Resources Groups.

RESIDES IN:

Akron, OH

HOMETOWN:

Merritt Island, FL

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts degree, Rhetoric and Communication, Kent State University
Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership, The George Washington University
Master’s degree in Instructional Technology, Kent State University

HOBBIES:

I really enjoy word games like the Wordscapes app; exploring Akron’s Metro Parks with family; planning family gatherings and traveling near or far (pre-COVID-19).