Dr. Akakpo's Biography

Dr. Koffi Akakpo is an enthusiastic leader who advocates for student success on all levels. His “students first” philosophy is the cornerstone of his work in higher education. He has been the President of Kentucky State University (KSU) since July 1, 2023. Prior to coming to KSU, Dr. Akakpo served as President of Bluegrass Community and Technical College where he implemented his “students first” initiatives throughout the institution. These initiatives included developing and expanding core values and student-centered goals, restructuring, and enhancing the enrollment and advising processes through the implementation of strategic enrollment and retention initiatives to improve student success and increase enrollment, and working with local high schools to increase dual enrollment and scholarship opportunities. As a vice president for business, administrative and student services at North Central State College (NCSC) in Ohio, his leadership included the implementation of numerous initiatives that helped move the college from an operating budget deficit to a positive financial standing.

Prior to NCSC, he served in leadership capacity at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and at Central State University.

Strong connections to family and community are important to Dr. Akakpo. His passion in life and career is helping others achieve their dreams and he is guided by what best serves students.  Dr. Akakpo holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Toledo and a Master of Business Administration from Ashland University in Ohio.