Kent State announces 2017 Hall of Fame inductee

Don Witkowski has been named the 2017 Hall of Fame inductee by Kent State's School of Fashion Design and Merchandising

Cleveland native and Kent State University alumnus Don Witkowski has been named the 2017 Hall of Fame inductee by Kent State's School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. 

Witkowski currently serves as president of Men's at Michael Kors. He has more than 25 years of experience in the fashion industry, including time at May Company Department Stores, Barneys New York, Calvin Klein, Polo Jeans, Donna Karan International and Nautica.

“Don Witkowski is a humble yet amazingly impactful force in menswear,” said J.R. Campbell, director of Kent State’s Fashion School, in a statement. “His leadership roles at Donna Karan, Nautica, John Varvatos and Michael Kors prove that he is an active and much-sought contributor to successful brands. Those who have worked with Don speak about his ability to get things done in high-productivity, high-stress environments. He is an excellent example of the ethos of Kent State University.”

Witkowski’s induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 29, at the Fashion School’s Rockwell Hall as part of FS2 Presented by Michael Kors, the school’s annual fashion show. He will also will give a free, public lecture at noon on Friday, April 28, in the Rockwell Hall Auditorium on the university’s Kent Campus.

For more information about Kent State’s 2017 Annual Fashion Show, visit


Photo courtesy of Kent State University.

Sunday, April 2, 2017