Kent State University president Beverly Warren is dealing with a serious health issue, but is looking for a full recovery.
The university announced today that Warren has breast cancer.
She told the KSU community that she'll take a leave of absence and will have surgery.
But she also said the cancer is in "a very early stage", and says expectations are high for a full recovery.
(KSU president Beverly Warren, letter to KSU community) Members of the University Community,
I am grateful for the sense of community and mission that we have shaped over the last 22 months and appreciate the honest and open communication that has guided our actions. It is in that spirit that I am writing to share some personal health news. During a recent physical examination, I learned that I have breast cancer that will require surgery. My outstanding medical team at the Cleveland Clinic has assured me that the cancer is in a very early stage and that there is high expectation for a full recovery.
Thank you all for the outstanding work and caring attitude that has created the remarkable success of this academic year. I am deeply disappointed that the timing of my surgery means that I will have to miss some of the year-end celebrations that make this university such a special place. Know that I will be with you in spirit and am so proud of the diversity of accomplishments that contribute daily to a distinctive Kent State.
I will remain active and involved in the business of the university throughout my recovery and I expect to have a reduced public schedule into May. I have complete confidence that all of you and our university cabinet, led by senior vice presidents Todd Diacon and Mark Polatajko, will continue our work together to ensure a successful conclusion to this academic year.
I cannot stress enough that my diagnosis came as part of a routine physical exam. I hope that my experience will reinforce the value of routine preventive health care and the importance of a commitment to wellness that will help us realize our vision of Kent State University as one of the nation's healthiest campuses.