The search for Eastern Kentucky University’s 12th president has begun.
A search and screening committee will be established “within the next several weeks,” Gary Abney, EKU regents chair, said as the board met Friday.
The committee win include at least one member representing faculty, staff, students, alumni, EKU Foundation Board, the external community and the regents, he said.
After EKU President Doug Whitlock announced in August his intention to retire effective July 31, requests for proposals were sent to a number search firms, and four responses were received. The board will meet with representatives from each of the four respondents on Friday, Oct. 12.
Once the search and screening committee is in place and a firm has been selected to assist in the search process, the regents will schedule a series of open forums with different constituent groups: faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders.
“I see this as absolutely essential,” Abney said of the forums. “We need a clear outline of what we wish this university to become over the next decade.
“We want the selection of the new president to be an open process in which the various stakeholders can participate,” he continued, “yet we need to protect the identity of applicants in order to attract the strongest candidates possible.”
Abney said he would issue periodic updates on the search process.
“The board knows we are not only hiring the 12th president of Eastern, but a leader for our entire community,” Abney said. “We are committed to giving everyone an opportunity to weigh in through in-person forums.”
Abney also thanked Whitlock for his service.
“I know I speak for the entire board when I thank Doug for his guidance and service over the past years,” Abney said. “Our lives have been enriched and this university remains strong because of his contributions. We all extend our deepest gratitude to President and Mrs. Whitlock and wish them the best in the coming years.”
In other business, the board:
• Elected the following slate of officers: Craig Turner, vice chair; Steve Fulkerson, secretary; Virginia Underwood, assistant secretary; and Barry Poynter, treasurer. Abney’s term as president was not up for consideration.
• Heard a presentation by Jim Fisher, author and president emeritus of Towson University and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Fisher, who has served as a consultant to more than 300 colleges and universities, was invited by President Whitlock to discuss university assessment.
• Learned from James Street, vice president for administration, that new student housing now under construction on Kit Carson Drive is on track to be completed by August 2013. The $21 million, 86,000-square-foot facility will include 256 beds.
• Learned from Whitlock that the university’s efforts to develop mathematics and English transition programs in schools throughout the region are paying dividends and saving students and their families money. The number of EKU students needing remedial mathematics courses has dropped from 1,274 to 811 in just two years, while the number needing English remediation had dropped approximately 56 percent in the same period.
• Accepted what Vice Chair Turner termed a “very clean” annual audit by Crowe Horwath.
• Viewed a rendering of an overhead pedestrian walkway that will cross Lancaster Avenue near the new private student housing facility now under construction at the corner of Lancaster and Barnes Mill Road. The university and developer are sharing the cost, and after 15 years the University will take ownership of the walkway.
• Welcomed to the board new two members: Janie Miller, Shelbyville, the state’s former Health and Family Services Secretary; and newly-elected Student Regent Madelyn Street.
The search for Eastern Kentucky University’s 12th president has begun.
Health fairs cover contemporary teenage topics
Berea Community High School health students coordinated their first all-day health fair in November that was catered to elementary students.
But their spring fair Monday handled more mature issues that targeted the middle and high school crowd, said health teacher Cathy Jones.
Regents approve smoke-free campus policy
The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents on Monday approved a tobacco-free campus policy and set 2014-15 rates for tuition, housing and meal plans.
Effective June 1, the use of tobacco on all property that is owned, leased, occupied or controlled by the university will be prohibited.
EKU Dance Theatre tonight
Performances are 8 p.m. tonight, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building.
Tickets are available at the Whitlock Building ticket window or by calling 622-2171 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
Tickets are $5 for students, $10 general admission and free for children under the age of 12. Tickets also may be purchased at the door.
This semester’s concert offers a variety of dance forms including modern/contemporary, hip hop, Middle Eastern, musical theater and Latin jazz.
Pinwheels for prevention
Madison Central High School CIA, or Central in Action club, placed 473 silver and blue pinwheels in the flower beds in front of the school, each representing a substantiated child abuse case reported in Madison County in 2013 to show support for Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Tibetan monks provide week of cultural experiences
Berea College has had a special relationship with the Tibetan government-in-exile dating back to the 1990s. That is when the late John Stephenson, then Berea’s president, befriended the Dalai Lama, the Buddhist spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, according to Jeff Richey, chair of Asian Studies at the college.
Open for learning
While some may not have known all of the words or the exact notes to sing, parents and children in the Red Cedar Learning Cooperative enjoyed an afternoon jam session together Tuesday, complete with guitars, a ukulele, drums and a harmonica.
‘The Mighty Casey’
Show times for the 19th-century poem turned opera, “The Mighty Casey,” are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in the Black Box Theatre of the EKU Center for the Arts.
It is presented by the Eastern Kentucky University music department’s Opera Workshop and the EKU Opera Guild, a student organization.
Opera-goers will have seats right behind the pitcher’s mound as the story of the Mudville Nine and its star player, “the Mighty Casey,” unfolds.
While living in a “sad little run-down town,” Mudville townspeople rally around their baseball hero to lift their spirits, said director and music professor Joyce Wolf.
Science building ground breaking planned for summer
A $66.3 million appropriation in the new state budget will fully fund completion of Eastern Kentucky University’s New Science Building, according to EKU President Michael Benson.
A summer ground breaking ceremony is planned for the project, he said.
Although the building’s $64 million first phase began use in January 2012, completion has awaited funding until now.
Eastern Kentucky University Dance Theatre - Spring concert set April 9-12
The Eastern Kentucky University Dance Theatre will present its spring concert Wednesday, April 9, though Saturday, April 12, in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building
Performances will be 8 p.m. April 9-12 with an additional 2 p.m. Saturday show.
Scholarship available to those providing early childhood education
Kentucky’s child care providers and those who train child care providers may be eligible for the Early Childhood Development Scholarship to further their college education.
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