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Kent State University president retiring July 2014

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KENT, Ohio (AP) - Kent State University's president plans to retire next year.

Sixty-6-year-old Lester Lefton announced his retirement plans Wednesday, effective July 1, 2014. He became Kent State's president in 2006.

During his tenure, Kent State enrollment has grown 25% to more than 42,000, and the university launched a $200 million campus improvement project.

While he was president, Kent State set a record with a $265 million fundraising drive and acquired a college of podiatric medicine located in Independence near Cleveland.

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