The Richmond Register

October 19, 2012

Search firm selected to find EKU president

By Ronica Shannon
Senior News Writer

RICHMOND — A Washington, D.C. firm has been chosen to help find the next president of Eastern Kentucky University.

EKU Board of Regent Chair Gary C. Abney announced Thursday that Academic Search, with more than 35 years of experience, will be looking for someone to replace Doug Whitlock who announced in August his plans to retire.

The firm has completed more than 700 presidential searches and has assigned two senior consultants to assist EKU – Dr. James B. Appleberry and Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser.

Dr. Appleberry is president emeritus of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and of Northern Michigan University, where he served as president for eight years. He also served as president of Pittsburg State University in Kansas.

“He has authored numerous articles about the future of higher education, as well as served on a number of national, state and local boards and committees, including the NCAA Presidents Commission and as vice chair of the National Center for Education Statistics Advisory Council,” Abney said in his release.

Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser is the past President and CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc. and presently serves the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a Senior Fellow. Her career has included a variety of leadership roles in private foundations, higher education institutions and the public policy arena.

“In other leadership roles, Dr. Hauser was vice president for advancement and external relations at Metropolitan State University of Denver and executive director of its foundation,” he said.

Whitlock, 69, was named interim president in 2007 and then became president in 2008. He had previously worked for the university 38 years. Whitlock’s retirement is coming one year before his contract expires in July 2014.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at or 624-6608.