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Transylvania opens national search, seeks experienced candidates for university’s 27th president

Transylvania University has opened a national search for its 27th president. Information on the application process and a full position profile are available on the Transylvania presidential search website at presidentsearch.transy.edu. To help identify candidates, Transylvania’s Presidential Search Committee is partnering with Isaacson, Miller of Boston. In developing the position profile, the firm...

Role of resilience highlighted by artists, speakers featured in Transylvania’s Creative Intelligence Series

As Transylvania University’s 2019-20 campus focuses on resilience this academic year, creative and thought leaders from across the nation will bring their ideas and work to the Lexington college in this year’s Creative Intelligence Series. “We need to cultivate resilience and inventiveness so we can energetically respond to climate change, challenges to our core democratic ideals, populations...

UK physician Dr. Angela Tackett Dearinger appointed commissioner of KY Department for Public Health

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services has named Dr. Angela Tackett Dearinger commissioner of its Department for Public Health. Dearinger, 43, is board-certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, public health and general preventive medicine. She is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky and is its College of Medicine’s assistant...

Transylvania University alumnus, trustee John Norton Williams Jr. named interim president

The Transylvania University Board of Trustees has named John Norton Williams Jr. interim president beginning Aug. 15. Williams, a 1974 graduate of Transylvania and member of the university’s Board of Trustees, is completing a nine-year term as the dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry in June. “I am extremely delighted that Dr. Williams has agreed to serve our Transylvania community...

Seamus Carey taking undisclosed position in New York, stepping down at Transylvania University

Seamus Carey will step down as president of Transylvania University this summer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees William T. Young Jr. announced Monday afternoon. Young said an interim president will be identified for the 2019-2020 academic year. Seamus Carey “We are sorry to see Seamus leave Transylvania after five successful years as president. We wish him the best as he returns to New York for...

Transylvania University English professor Maurice Manning featured in new documentary

Maurice Manning, a Transylvania University English professor and Pulitzer Prize nominated poet, is featured in a new film that is part of the “Matter is a Relative Matter” series about significant but off-beat artists and thinkers. The documentary debuted on the Lush Player on May 6. The film profiles Manning as a modern-day Thoreau — taking its inspiration directly from his meditative and transcendent...

Transylvania University to host Men’s Division III Golf Championships May 14 at Nicholasville’s Keene Trace

For the first time since 2012, the NCAA is bringing a men’s golf championship to Kentucky. The 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf National Championships tee off on Tuesday, May 14, through Friday, May 17, at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville. Transylvania University, along with the Bluegrass Sports Commission, is playing host to the national championships for the first time in the history...

Bluegrass Tomorrow presents IdeaFestival day for juniors; Astronaut Story Musgrave to speak

Famed NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, who holds one of his several graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, returns to Lexington to headline IdeaFestival (IF) Student Day on April 16 for nearly 1,000 Fayette County Public School juniors. Presented by Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, the program is designed for students to focus on the next step into their...

Transylvania University to host off-Broadway production of play about graduate, gay-rights pioneer

Transylvania University next month will host an off-Broadway production highlighting the accomplishments of John E. Fryer, a ’57 graduate who helped remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Running May 16-19, “217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous” is coming to Lexington and the Transy campus through contributions by Transylvania alumni, JustFundKY, Rainmaker...

JA Miss Business workshop connects local high school students with professional women

Dozens of high school students learned more about themselves and how best to design their life path at the second annual JA Miss Business, a workshop hosted by Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass. This daylong event encourages young women to seek meaningful and dynamic leadership careers and to embrace mentorships and professional development activities. “We really want them to know that no matter...

Transylvania University play ‘Silent Sky’ tells story of pioneering female astronomer; opens Thursday

Beginning Thursday, Transylvania University Theater’s production of “Silent Sky” will tell the true story of astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, who revolutionized our knowledge of the universe. Written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Ave Lawyer, the play will run through March 3 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Reserve free tickets online at www.transy.edu. When...

Dr. Mark Lyons, Alltech president and CEO, elected to Transylvania University Board of Trustees

Dr. Mark Lyons has been elected to the Transylvania University Board of Trustees beginning in 2019. Lyons is president and CEO of Alltech — a company dedicated to improving the health and performance of people, animals and plants through nutrition and scientific innovation — headquartered in Nicholasville. “Dr. Mark Lyons brings an expansive vision to Transylvania’s board. Alltech and...

World-renowned author Salman Rushdie to give Transylvania’s 2019 Kenan Lecture on March 27

World-renowned author Salman Rushdie will give Transylvania University’s 2019 William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture on March 27. The public is invited to this free event at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium. Reserve tickets here. Salman RushdieA powerful literary artist who has shown sweeping creative courage even against threats to his life, Rushdie exemplifies the theme of Transylvania’s 2018-19 academic...

Renowned Kentucky author Silas House wins Transylvania’s Judy Gaines Young Book Award

Renowned Kentucky author Silas House has received Transylvania University’s 2019 Judy Gaines Young Book Award for his novel, “Southernmost.” The annual award recognizes outstanding recent works by writers in the Appalachian region. House will give a free, public reading from “Southernmost” on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Transylvania’s Carrick Theater. Reserve tickets here. Silas HouseA New...

Transylvania announces resignation of Academic Affairs VP and Dean, national search to begin

Transylvania University President Seamus Carey announced this week Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University Laura Bryan, who has held the position since July 2015, has accepted a position outside the university. Transylvania will begin a national search for a permanent vice president and dean immediately with the goal of filling the position before the start of the 2019-20 academic...

Transylvania University names Lexington Catholic President Angelucci as VP for campaign initiatives

Transylvania University has named Lexington Catholic High School President Steve Angelucci as the institution’s vice president for campaign initiatives, beginning later this summer. In this new role, Angelucci will work closely with President Seamus Carey and the university’s advancement office to coordinate major fundraising efforts. Under his 10-year leadership at Lexington Catholic, the school...

Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery ‘Data, Mine’ exhibition to feature work of renowned data visualization artists

The upcoming “Data, Mine” exhibition at Transylvania University’s Morlan Gallery will offer artistic takes on an issue seemingly ripped from today’s headlines: What’s to do with all that information computers dig up on us? Running Jan. 16 to Feb. 19, the show will feature the works of nationally renowned data visualization artists Hasan Elahi and Laurie Frick. Elahi, who is a University of...

Hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns to light up Transylvania during eighth annual PumpkinMania on Oct. 30

Transylvania University invites the community to campus for the eighth annual PumpkinMania on Oct. 30. Hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns will light up the Old Morrison steps and student groups and campus organizations will host trick-or-treating the night before Halloween. “Last year, we had more than 5,000 people participate in PumpkinMania,” said Hannah Piechowski, director of student transitions...

Lexington mayoral candidates Ronnie Bastin, Linda Gorton participate in public forum on Oct. 29

A forum for mayoral candidates Ronnie Bastin and Linda Gorton will be held on Oct. 29 from 6-7 p.m. in the Carrick Theater inside the Mitchell Fine Arts Center at Transylvania University at 300 North Broadway. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lexington, WKYT, Transylvania University, the Lexington Herald-Leader and WLAP. The forum will air live on The CW Lexington and will be...

James Mustich, author of ‘1,000 Books to Read Before You Die,’ to speak at Transylvania on Oct. 18

James Mustich, a veteran bookseller and author of “1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List,” will visit Transylvania University on Oct. 18 for a free, public conversation. His compendium of noteworthy books was more than 14 years in the making and includes a diverse selection — from classic novels to memoirs to children’s books. Mustich’s talk, which is part of Transylvania’s...