Randy Kapp graduated from Clark State in 1976 with a degree in Civil Engineering and was the College's graduation speaker in 2009. He is president of Kapp Construction and served on the Clark State Foundation board for nine years; he was chairman for two years.
Kapp advises graduates and students to choose a vocation or career that they like and to never stop learning. "One thing I recommend is to have an open mind to continuous learning," he said. "Think of your mind as a sponge to always soak up new ideas and learn more. Never stop learning."
Kapp Construction was founded in 1985, and in 1989 Kapp was named by Inc. magazine as one of the Inc. 500: America's Fastest Growing Companies. Kapp credits his success to his talented staff for their dedication and skills. "It is important to like what you do and the people you work with," said Kapp. "If you do, you will put your heart into it, and you will soon be recognized for that. Don't pick something because you think it pays great; that may not lead to happiness. Choose what you do based on satisfaction you get."
Kapp served on the campaign committee for the fundraising efforts that built the Sara T. Landess Technology and Learning Center and the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center. Kapp was named a Friend of Community Colleges by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges and his company, Kapp Construction, is a major sponsor of the Clark State Performing Arts Center.