Dr. D. Kent SharplesDr. D. Kent Sharples was born and raised in northwest Ohio. He attended Bowling Green State University where he earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree. Upon graduation he moved to Athens, Ohio where he taught in the College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University for seven years. Following his passion for Community Colleges he earned a PhD in Education Administration with an emphasis on Community Colleges.Following 30 years as a community college President, D. Kent Sharples was appointed as the first President of the CEO Business Alliance, a private sector initiative in economic development. The CEO Business Alliance is dedicated to improving the quality of life through the economic growth of Volusia County.