Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton announced Friday that Joel Nielsen’s start date has been bumped up two weeks to May 1.
The Athletic Director at the University of South Dakota for the last seven years, Nielsen was formally introduced March 25 as Kent State’s 11th Director of Athletics with an anticipated May 15 start date. The earlier date allows Nielsen to be included in several key long-range planning meetings early in the month.
“Since the announcement of my appointment, the transition has gone very well and President Lefton asked if I would be interested in starting May 1,” says Nielsen. “Following a conversation with [South Dakota] President James Abbott, I agreed to the change in date. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had significant interaction with the athletic department staff at Kent State and I’m looking forward to getting on campus. Throughout the whole process, Laing Kennedy has been extremely helpful and gracious and I am truly grateful for that.”