Graduate Students

Kent State U. Dean Resigns After Police Say She Defaced a Parking Sign

February 25, 2009

When the dean of Kent State University’s Stark campus resigned abruptly last week, a press release issued by the university, in Canton, Ohio, said she was leaving for personal reasons.

But according to local news reports, the dean, Betsy V. Boze, actually resigned after a police report identified her as the vandal who earlier last week used a can of spray paint to alter a parking sign at nearby Stark State College. No charges have been filed in the case.

Today’s Daily Kent Stater reported that Ms. Boze, the top-ranking official on the regional Kent State campus, had painted over an arrow directing Stark State students to use a Kent State parking lot. The two institutions share some parking facilities. But Ms. Boze denied she had vandalized the sign.

“It was not defacing,” she told the newspaper. “It was correcting an arrow.” She also denied that she had stepped down because of the incident. “The time was right for me to resign,” she said. —Andrew Mytelka