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McFaddin officially named EKU’s 14th president; board votes unanimously to remove interim tag

Dr. David McFaddin is Eastern Kentucky University’s 14th president after a special meeting of the Board of Regents on Thursday. The board voted unanimously to remove the interim from his title and will work out a contract with the president before December. McFaddin is currently paid $300,000 per year. “Today is truly the culmination of everything that is good about this institution. My job is...

Eastern Kentucky University suspends search, recommends McFaddin be appointed president

Eastern Kentucky University’s presidential search committee today voted unanimously to recommend to the University’s Board of Regents that the presidential search for EKU’s 14th president be permanently suspended, and interim president Dr. David McFaddin have his interim title removed and be appointed president. “The Eastern Kentucky University Presidential Search Committee met this afternoon...

Kentucky Community and Technical College System employees elect new Board of Regents staff member

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) employees from across the state have selected Joseph Heerdink from Madisonville Community College to represent them on the KCTCS Board of Regents. He is the regional director of information technology at MCC. Joseph Heerdink “We are a system of sixteen colleges each with their own complexities and a system office built to support those colleges...

EKU Board of Regents approve components of enrollment plan, return to campus for fall semester

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents have approved several components of an enrollment plan titled “The EKU Advantage.” “The EKU Advantage” includes freezing tuition, dining and housing rates at the same rates that students paid last fall, increasing available scholarship monies for need-based students, waiving application fees and several other requirements to ensure the university...

KCTCS Board of Regents adopts new budget, reappoints Gail Henson as chair for one-year term

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents adopted the 2020-21 KCTCS Annual Budget of $922,900,000 during their quarterly board meeting. The budget is designed to address the increases in fixed costs and to provide safeguards against possible decreases in revenue and increases in expenses due to any future impact of COVID-19. As a part of the FY 2020-21 KCTCS Annual Budget,...

KCTCS Board of Regents postpones presidential search due to pandemic; Box delays retirement

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents is delaying the search for a new system president. The work to prepare for the search has been postponed with the goal of posting the job at the end of August and having a new president announced in January 2021. Dr. Jay Box Additionally, KCTCS President Jay K. Box approached the board chair about...

Julie Harris Hinson makes $110,000 commitment to support WKU Opportunity Fund and additional areas

Julie Harris Hinson, a member of Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents, has made a $60,000 commitment to establish two new funds to support student success initiatives within the Cynthia and George Nichols III Intercultural Student Engagement Center (ISEC) and Student Publications as part of the WKU Opportunity Fund. Hinson has also made a pledge of $50,000 over five years to benefit more...

EKU Board of Regents names Dr. David McFaddin interim president; will assume duties on Jan. 6

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents named Dr. David McFaddin the school’s interim president after meeting in executive session at its regular board meeting on Dec. 12. McFaddin will assume the duties Jan. 6, when Dr. Michael Benson’s resignation takes effect. Before being named interim president, McFaddin was the senior vice president for operations and strategic initiatives at...

Murray State alumna Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton returns to campus to speak at 1969 Golden Reunion Dinner

Murray State University alumna and former Board of Regents member Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, ’69, will return to campus once again as the honorary speaker for the Class of 1969 Golden Reunion Dinner Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. The dinner is part of Homecoming Weekend festivities, taking place Oct. 17–19. “The reunion dinner will be an opportunity to see friends, to give hugs, shake hands and revisit some...

New student regents elected to serve on Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Student Government Association presidents recently elected two of their fellow presidents to represent students on the KCTCS Board of Regents. Two adult students from the western part of the state were selected. Jacqueline Teehan Jacqueline Teehan, from Henderson Community College (HCC), is stay-at-home mom of five boys. She lives in Sturgis with...

WKU Regents accept recommendations of academic review committee, will suspend 101 progams

The Western Kentucky University Board of Regents last week approved the recommendations of a comprehensive academic program review committee. The Comprehensive Academic Program Evaluation (CAPE) committee reviewed all of the University’s academic program offerings. In March, the committee recommended 55 programs be transformed, 15 programs be grown, 290 programs be maintained and 101 programs be...

Western Kentucky University regents approve tuition, mandatory fees for 2019-2020 school year

The Western Kentucky University Board of Regents on Friday approved tuition and mandatory fees for 2019-20. Beginning with the fall 2019 semester, tuition for Kentucky undergraduate students will increase 2 percent, or $100, to $5,401 per semester. Nonresident and international undergraduate rates will remain unchanged. WKU President Timothy C. Caboni said the university is employing strategies to...

Eastern Kentucky University board bids farewell to Chair Craig Turner, elects Regent Lewis Turner

Eastern Kentucky University’s January 9 Board of Regents meeting was uncharacteristically emotional as the Colonel Community bid a fond farewell to outgoing Chair Craig Turner. The board unanimously elected Regent Lewis Diaz as Turner’s successor. A Cuban native, Diaz is EKU’s first minority Board of Regents Chair. He graduated from EKU with an undergraduate degree in 2000 and a master’s degree...

WKU leadership approves strategic plan to serve as campus roadmap for next 10 years

Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents has approved a plan that will serve as the roadmap for the university for the next 10 years. WKU Board of Regents Chair Phillip Bale (left) swore in Regent Linda Gamblin Ball (center) and Staff Regent David Brinkley (right) on Aug. 3. (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon) “Climbing to Greater Heights: The WKU Strategic Plan 2018-2028″ is the result of an...

EKU budget for 2018-19 strives to maintain academic quality, affordability, student success

A steadfast commitment to academic quality and student success amid declining state appropriations, political uncertainties, rising fixed costs, maintenance needs on some older facilities, and a slight decline in expected enrollment (tuition revenue) factored in the development of Eastern Kentucky University’s 2018-19 budget. In its regular meeting on June 25, EKU’s Board of Regents approved a...

Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions seeking candidates for university, community college boards

Gov. Matt Bevin’s Office of Boards and Commissions is now accepting applications for appointments to the Boards of Directors for individual colleges within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Additionally, applications are being accepted for potential trustee and regent opportunities with Kentucky’s major public universities. The following Community and Technical Colleges...

Transy faculty to board: ‘Our institution deserves better’; seeks Williams’ resignation

Staff report   Saying “our institution deserves better,” faculty at Transylvania University are calling for the resignation of President R. Owen Williams.   Transylvania University President R. Owen Williams In a 35-page document sent earlier this week to members of the school’s Board of Trustees and Board of Regents and obtained by KyForward, faculty representatives write...