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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Eastern Kentucky University athletics has received its largest-ever single gift.
President Michael Benson announced Friday that Donald R. and Irene Dizney, of Ocala, Fla., have committed a lead cash gift toward a $15 million multi-purpose facility to replace the grandstands on the east side of Roy Kidd Stadium.
Arabic letter N painted on church door
Throughout its history the Roman Catholic Church has been associated with Latin language and lettering, so passersby on West Main Street were surprised Thursday to see a strange symbol emblazoned on the church’s door.
Some were even more surprised to learn it was an Arabic character.
Fire damages Southern Hills building
A building in the Southern Hills shopping center at the corner of Commercial Drive and Gibson Bay Drive was damaged by a Thursday afternoon fire.
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On July 14, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the Madison Airport and the Eastern Kentucky University aviation program would be receiving $1.1 million for expanded and improved facilities.
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