Message from Joel Nielsen

Director of Athletics


People like to say that our student-athletes are the leaders of tomorrow, but I believe they are also the leaders of today. Our goal at Kent State University is to provide a first-class experience, both academically and athletically, that has a long-lasting, positive impact on the lives of our young men and women. Private support is vital as we continue making strides to ensure this goal is being met each and every year.

By contributing to The Golden Flashes Club, you help to create this first-class experience for our student-athletes. Whether you have given for many years or are considering making a gift for the first time, I want to thank you for your interest in Kent State Athletics and The Golden Flashes Club. You are helping pave the way for all of our student-athletes to realize their full potential.

Let's Go Forward!

Joel Nielsen
Director of Athletics
Kent State University


Sport: Men's Golf
Major: Actuarial Mathematics

Anticipated Graduation: 2015
Hometown: Summerville, South Carolina

"During my time at Kent State I've learned that I can be as successful as I want to be. With hard work, I believe anything is possible. I also feel like I've also become more patient and well-rounded because of the influence of the people around me. And I know I wouldn't be where I am today in the classroom without the tremendous support we receive academically."