Bedford Named Goodyear Professor at Kent State
Former World Bank Information Officer joins Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program

Kent, OH (May 19, 2010) Denise A. D. Bedford, Ph.D. has been appointed the Goodyear Professor in the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) program of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. The professorship was made possible because of the generous support of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. 

Bedford began her teaching and research on the Kent Campus during the Spring 2010 semester.

Bedford holds a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

She was the Senior Information Officer at the World Bank from 1997 until she retired in January. She was responsible for management of the World Bank's core metadata strategy, including content type strategy and the various ontologies that support bank metadata. 

Bedford said family ties drew her to Kent State. Her father and his three brothers attended Kent State in 1938, one in each year of school. All but one went on to become teachers or professors.

Stan Wearden, Ph.D., dean of the College of Communication and Information at Kent State said, "I'm very excited that Dr. Bedford has joined the faculty of the College of Communication and Information. She is an internationally-known scholar with a high level of expertise in knowledge management, particularly as it applies to the global economy. She is joining one of the top Library and Information Science faculties in the nation and is an outstanding addition to a team that already is ambitious and energetic about further enhancing the school's already strong reputation. I'm also pleased that she is one of several high-profile hires made in our college this year as all of our schools aggressively pursue the university's excellence agenda."