With final exams completed Friday and nearly 1,325 degrees awarded Saturday, the Eastern Kentucky University campus was largely deserted Monday. In contrast to the prevailing calm, however, the panel tasked with finding the university’s next president was intently focused on its work.
The 12-person committee gave the final draft of the advertisement that will be posted in higher education publications on the Internet and sent to potential candidates identified by members of the panel as well as Academic Search, the firm contracted to help with the effort.
The profile that will appear on EKU’s presidential search website to give potential candidates a preliminary view of the university also was given a final look.
After some fine-turning and two or three changes in wording, both the ad and the profile were given consensus approval.
They could appear on the website www.presidentialsearch.eku.edu as early as today, said Dr. James Appleberry of Academic Search. He and Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser are assigned by the firm to assist with the EKU effort.
Appleberry reminded the panel that the goal for candidate recommendations is only four months away.
He also emphasized the importance of keeping the names of potential candidates confidential. While the search is generally an open process, the names of candidates must be kept private until a group of finalists is selected for campus visits, Appleberry said.
Committee members were advised to not even write the names of early candidates in their personal notes because those could be seen by others. Each candidate nominated will be assigned a number. If committee members forget the name associated with a number, they can learn that identity by logging into the secure website set aside for the purpose, Appleberry said.
The deadline for nominees to receive full consideration by the search panel is Feb. 14. Candidates nominated later can still be considered but may not be given as much attention as those nominated by the deadline, he said.
While search committee members may represent a particular segment of the EKU community, such as faculty, students, alumni or the Richmond community at large, they should remember that they represent the university’s future above all else, Appleberry said. If they put the interest of a particular group ahead of the university’s future, then both that group and the university’s future will be ill-served, he said.
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EKU wins OVC tourney
The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels are OVC champions and are headed to the Big Dance.
Hot early shooting propelled EKU to a thrilling 79-73 win over defending champion Belmont Saturday in the championship game of the OVC Tournament.
The Colonels receive the OVC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The win gave EKU it's sixth OVC Conference Tournament title.
The Colonels hit four consecutive three pointers to open the game and led by as many as 15 points in the first half.
Corey Walden led all scorers in the game with 29 points, including 10-of-11 free throws. Glenn Cosey finished with 23 points on 5-of-8 shooting on three-pointers and Tarius Johnson added 15 points and five rebounds.
Veteran certification officer fired from EKU
Accusations of cheating on an online test led to the firing of an 18-year Eastern Kentucky University employee Wednesday.
Retha Sandlin, formerly a veteran certification officer in the Burnam House for EKU’s student veterans, said the decision resulted from a misunderstanding on the part of Jaime Roberts, the house’s interim office manager.
Police: Heroin found in home
A Detroit man and two Richmond residents were charged Friday morning after Richmond bike patrol officers and narcotics detectives executed a search warrant on a Dee Dee Drive home.
Unveiling set for today
FRANKFORT — Monday is typically a light day in the General Assembly – few committee meetings and a late starting time to allow lawmakers to travel back to Frankfort.
Kentucky State Police accepting applications for next cadet class
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KSP to give MSO breath-testing equipment
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Secretary Grimes encourages Kentuckians to serve as precinct election officers
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Proposed bill takes aim at heroin problem
Proposed legislation before the Kentucky General Assembly aims to combat the state’s growing heroin problem using three strategies – education, treatment and law enforcement aid.
Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, is one of the sponsors of Senate Bill 5. The bill was passed in the Senate earlier this year, 36-1, and is waiting to be heard by the House Judiciary Committee.
New kid at the market
A three-day old black-and-white goat named Ellsa was the star Saturday morning at the new Richmond Downtown Farmers Market.
The Nubian goat mix was brought to the weekly market by Four Sisters Farm. Located off Four Mile Road in Madison County, the farm specializes in goat products.
Hundreds turn out for fishing team’s fundraiser
Madison Central High School’s bass fishing team got a boost Saturday when its first-ever Fishing Tackle Swap turned out to be a huge success.
About 500 buyers showed up to check out what the 38 vendors had to offer. At least 17 of the vendors were from outside Madison County. There were even a few boats for sale.
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