The Richmond Register

Breaking News

Education

November 14, 2012

Moberly: Bring ‘change agent’ to EKU

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University “has not been managed efficiently for many years” and needs “a change agent” as its next president.

Harry Moberly, a former state representative and university administrator, expressed that view Monday night as representatives of the firm contracted by the EKU regents to assist it in selecting a new president conducted a community forum.

Moberly served in the legislature for 31 years and was Eastern’s executive vice president for the last three years of his employment with the university.

The president who follows Dr. Doug Whitlock when his retirement takes effect July 31 will find an institution with many assets and “unlimited potential” but one that also ranks “very low” in all performance indicators tracked by the Kentucky Council on Post-secondary Education, Moberly said.

Recruitment and retention of students, along with their graduation rates, are among those indicators.

Eastern’s enrollment is “way down” compared to Kentucky’s other state institutions, Moberly said, “because we have not recruited properly.”

Lack of enrollment growth has led to less tuition income, which has compounded the fall in state aid to the university that others who spoke before Moberly said would be a challenge for the next president.

Just prior to Moberly’s remarks, Jason Marion, an assistant professor in the environmental health sciences department, said the university should be prepared to pay the next president a large salary but also impose a high level of accountability.

Moberly said the regents should write accountability requirements based on the state higher education council’s into the new president’s contract. If goals are not met, then the president should leave, he said.

Responding to the remarks of more than one speaker about the decline in state aid, Moberly said Eastern had not been a good steward of the state funds it has received, based as on its performance indicators.

“We do not have strategic budgeting here that holds anybody accountable for any results,” he said, glancing at board of regents members Malcom Frisbee and Steven Fulkerson and addressing them by their first names.

Frisbee, a biology professor, is the board’s faculty representative, while Fulkerson represents non-teaching staff.

The next president is going to find a university with silo-based budgeting instead of strategic budgeting, Moberly said. That means each university unit does its own budgeting and does not have to coordinate the others as they should, he explained.

“That has gone on for years, and nobody on the board, including these two gentlemen here,” Moberly said, again looking at Frisbee and Fulkerson, and others on the board have not “done a thing about it.”

The university has not shifted faculty positions away departments that don’t need them to others that do, he said, “because we want everybody to be happy and don’t want to make anybody mad.

Some of the reforms he put in place while he served as EKU’s executive vice president “disappeared as soon as I left,” Moberly said.

About 25 people attended the forum.

Some speakers noted the absence of elected local officials, which one said was a symptom of what he called a poor town-and-gown relationship that both the next president and local leaders needed to address.

Mendi Goble, executive director of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, was present, but no elected officials appeared to be in attendance.

In addition to Moberly, former state senator Ed Worley, a member of the regents-appointed search committee, also attended.

The two search-firm representatives also conducted open meetings on campus Tuesday.

Bill Robinson can be reached at editor@richmondregister.com or at 624-6690.

1
Text Only
Education
  • 7-22 Band Camp 1.jpg Band students ‛take over’ MCHS campus

    The Madison Central High School campus has been “taken over” for two weeks by 170 students attending band camp.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 7-22 Child vs Wild Camp 3.jpg Campers learn hazards of the ‛wild’

    Fifteen “Child vs. Wild” campers crowded around a plate full of gooey marshmallows, freshly toasted by camp leaders on a St. Mark Catholic School stovetop Monday.

    July 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • MCHS, Caudill win world archery titles

    Caudill Middle School and Madison Central High School won their divisions in the National Archery in Schools Program World Championships in Madison, Wisc. this past weekend

    The win is a third consecutive title for Caudill Middle School and a first for MCHS.

    July 13, 2014

  • 7-12 White Hall principal.jpg Eversole returns to White Hall as principal

    The White Hall Elementary School-based Decision-making Council has selected Monica Eversole as the school’s new principal.
    Eversole was serving as guidance counselor at Lexington’s Dixie Magnet Elementary School.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • School board to save $53,000 yearly by refinancing bonds

    The Madison County School Board authorized issuance of almost $10.5 million in school building revenue bonds at its monthly meeting Thursday.
    The board approved a recommendation from the Madison County School District Finance Corporation to issue slightly more than $10.49 million in bonds to help finance renovation projects at three district elementary schools.

    July 12, 2014

  • Madison Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield

    The kindergarten center that will serve the county’s four Richmond elementary schools will be known as the Madison Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield.
    The Madison County School Board at its monthly meeting Thursday night chose the name for the all-kindergarten academy that will be housed in the former Mayfield Elementary School.

    July 10, 2014

  • Naming of kindergarten academy on school board agenda

    Naming of the new kindergarten academy to be housed in the former Mayfield Elementary School building is on the Madison County School Board’s agenda Thursday evening.
    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Madison Central High School lecture lab.

    July 8, 2014

  • Bluegrass Christian School closes

    Bluegrass Christian School did not get enough enrollment contracts by June 30, and its board of directors has decided to cease operations.
    The school will be dissolved Aug. 1., according to a Tuesday statement from the six-member board.
    Families may pick up transcripts, records and prepaid tuition or application fees the week of July 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the statement added.

    July 2, 2014

  • County schools may rent EKU Center at cost

    The EKU Center for the Arts will allow Madison County Schools to rent space at the center’s cost, its community operations board decided Thursday.
    At-cost rental has always been available for university events, but Thursday’s vote extended it to the county school district, Joel Aalberts, EKU Center director, said Friday.

    June 27, 2014

  • 6-27 Hot Air Balloon 1.jpg Up, up and away

    Children attending the St. Mark Catholic School “All Things That Go” Live, Learn, and Grow” day camp spent time in the air Thursday above E.C. Million Park.
    From the basket of a tethered hot-air ballon, they got to see and feel how wind and heat help things move.

    June 27, 2014 7 Photos

AP Video
Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

What county fair attraction do you like most?

Amusement rides
Beauty pageants
Flora Hall craft exhibits
Horse shows
Livestock, poultry shows
Truck, tractor pulls
Mud, dirt races
Gospel sing
I like them all
     View Results