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Chicago native Johnnie Johnson named Transylvania’s vice president for admissions

Transylvania University has named Johnnie Johnson as its vice president for admissions effective immediately. Johnson has served as the interim vice president for enrollment since July 2019. “Over the last year, Transylvania has been fortunate to have Johnnie Johnson at the helm of its student recruitment efforts,” said President John N. Williams. “His experience in admissions at Transylvania,...

Transylvania names national expert as new VP for strategic initiatives and enrollment management

Sarah Coen, a national expert on enrollment and student success, has been named as Transylvania University’s new vice president for strategic initiatives and enrollment management. Coen, who served as dean of enrollment at Transylvania from 1999-2006, returns to the university after working for the last 10 years as senior vice president at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a national higher education consulting...

Transylvania University returning to in-person classes, residential housing for fall semester

Transylvania University President John N. Williams and President-Designate Brien Lewis announced the college’s fall 2020 reopening plan, Healthy at Transy, on Friday. Below is an excerpt of a statement to the university community: “Throughout Transylvania’s long history, our institution has been required to be resilient and even reinvent itself to meet the challenges of changing times. As...

Transylvania names Deidra Dennie vice president for diversity and inclusion; begins duties on July 13

Deidra Dennie has been named Transylvania University’s vice president for diversity and inclusion. Dennie currently serves as the chief diversity officer at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland and has worked in the diversity, equity and inclusion field in higher education and private industry since 2003. “At Transylvania, we are committed to fostering a campus characterized by compassion,...

Transylvania names Dr. Sarah ‘Becky’ Thomas new academic affairs vice president and dean

Transylvania University interim president John N. Williams has announced that Sarah Rebecca “Becky” Thomas, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as the next vice president for academic affairs and dean of the university. Thomas is currently the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Earlham College in Indiana and previously served as academic dean at Bard College in New York. “Dr....

Transylvania University postpones 2020 commencement ceremony due to pandemic

Transylvania University has postponed its May 23 commencement ceremony to minimize the potential for community spread of the COVID-19 virus. The school plans to honor its graduating students, who are wrapping up their senior year with remote learning, during an in-person ceremony later on a date to be determined and through several virtual events next month. Seniors have been asked to provide feedback...

Hope Center, Transylvania partner to provide temporary emergency shelter space until April 30

With spring sports canceled and students taking courses remotely, the empty gyms and locker rooms at Transylvania University’s Clive M. Beck Center will soon fill a critical need in the community: temporary shelter for clients of Lexington’s Hope Center. Beginning Tuesday through April 30, the Beck Center’s practice gym will serve as a shelter for 40-50 individuals who regularly stay at the Hope...

Transylvania announces further changes in response to COVID-19; winter, May terms to be taught remotely

Transylvania University Interim President Dr. John N. Williams on Wednesday announced further changes to the university’s academic program in response to COVID-19. “We have made the decision, in the best interests of the community we hold dear, to take additional steps to protect the health and safety of our Transylvania students, faculty and staff,” Williams said. “After extensive conversations...

Cardinal Valley Elementary after-school art club inspired by trading cards of influential women

The after-school art club at Cardinal Valley Elementary has been inspired by trading cards of influential women. During Women’s History Month, moviegoers and others can stop by the small gallery at the Kentucky Theatre to see an exhibit of oversized trading cards designed by a Transylvania University student paired with corresponding artwork by an after-school club at Cardinal Valley Elementary. “We...

Poet Frank X Walker receives Transylvania University’s 2020 Judy Gaines Young Book Award

Frank X Walker, a former Kentucky poet laureate and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, is this year’s winner of Transylvania University’s Judy Gaines Young Book Award for his “Last Will, Last Testament.” The award has recognized outstanding works by writers in the Appalachian region since 2015. The public is invited to join the campus community March 17 at 5 p.m. in Carrick Theater as Walker...

Transylvania University selects Brien Lewis as 27th president; Toronto native begins duties on July 1

Brien Lewis has been selected to serve as the 27th president of Transylvania University. Board of Trustees Chairman William T. Young Jr. announced Tuesday that Lewis, the current president of Catawba College, will start on July 1. “I am delighted that Brien Lewis will serve as Transylvania’s next president. His selection comes with the unanimous approval of both the Presidential Search Committee...

Transylvania receives federal funds to help bolster Kentucky research and manufacturing technology

Transylvania University will receive part of a $24 million National Science Foundation grant to help boost Kentucky’s research and manufacturing capabilities. Over five years, the university is expected receive a total of around $200,000 for faculty and student physics research and cutting-edge chemistry lab equipment. The research at Transylvania made possible through these funds will complement...

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to deliver Transylvania’s 2020 William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture on ‘Resilience’

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will give Transylvania University’s 2020 William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture on “Resilience,” the theme of this academic year. The first Native American U.S. poet laureate, Harjo is an internationally known, award-winning poet, writer and performer of the Mvskoke Nation. The public is invited to attend her lecture on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium. While...

World-renowned Kronos Quartet to perform free concert at Transylvania on January 28

The Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet, which kicked off Transylvania University’s Smith Concert Series more than a decade ago, returns to campus Jan. 28 for another public performance in the series. Reserve free tickets for the 7 p.m. event in Haggin Auditorium online via transy.edu. For 45 years, the San Francisco ensemble has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration...

Lexington preparing for forecasted winter weather; drivers urged to use caution during a.m. commute

With a rain/snow mix expected in the evening hours combined with temperatures expected below freezing, the City is urging drivers to use extra caution on their morning commute. The City will be responding to calls for emergency treatment on roadways, bridges, hills and overpasses to ensure safe travel. As winter weather approaches, the City of Lexington is prepared. “Kentucky weather is oftentimes...

Transylvania, Lexington Legends make Whitaker Bank Ballpark home venue for 2020 Pioneer baseball

The Transylvania University athletic department and the Lexington Legends baseball team has announced an agreement to make Whitaker Bank Ballpark the new home venue of the Pioneers baseball team for the 2019-20 season. Located on North Broadway just one mile from the Transylvania campus in downtown Lexington, the 6,994-seat home of the Class-A Lexington Legends baseball team will serve as the official...

Families, alumni and PumpkinMania to arrive at Transylvania campus on final weekend of October

The last weekend in October will be a busy one on campus at Transylvania University as the school hosts Family Weekend, the Alumni Fall Festival, and kicks off PumpkinMania. Family members of current students are invited to campus for Family Weekend Oct. 24-27. The university is hosting a wide range of activities, including classroom visits, a concert and sporting events, such as soccer and field hockey...

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...