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WKU hosts meeting of Kentucky’s science & engineering deans

Science and engineering deans of public universities in Kentucky met for the first time at WKU on Sept. 23.

Science and engineering deans from Kentucky universities met Sept. 23 at WKU. From left are: In attendance were (from left) Dr. Cathleen Webb, WKU; Dr. Sam Zachary, Northern Kentucky University; Dr. John Walz, University of Kentucky; Dr. Neville Pinto, University of Louisville; Dr. John Ferrar, Northern Kentucky University; Dr. Steve Cobb, Murray State University; Dr. John Wade, Eastern Kentucky University; Dr. Cheryl Stevens, WKU; Dr. Roger McNeil, Morehead State University; and Dr. Tom Otieno, Eastern Kentucky University.

Science and engineering deans from Kentucky universities met Sept. 23 at WKU. From left are: In attendance were (from left) Dr. Cathleen Webb, WKU; Dr. Sam Zachary, Northern Kentucky University; Dr. John Walz, University of Kentucky; Dr. Neville Pinto, University of Louisville; Dr. John Ferrar, Northern Kentucky University; Dr. Steve Cobb, Murray State University; Dr. John Wade, Eastern Kentucky University; Dr. Cheryl Stevens, WKU; Dr. Roger McNeil, Morehead State University; and Dr. Tom Otieno, Eastern Kentucky University.

They were welcomed to campus by WKU President Gary Ransdell who spoke about the importance of working together to enhance the STEM pipeline in the state. In his remarks, Dr. Ransdell referred to the importance of the WKU SKyTeach science teacher education program as being a great source for teachers of future scientists and engineers and the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky as a source for future scientists and engineers.

The discussions throughout the day focused on issues common at all Kentucky universities including retention, expansion of inter-university partnerships, STEM pipeline and workforce development, and the opportunity to speak to STEM issues with one voice.

Participants included Dr. Cheryl Stevens and Dr. Cathleen Webb, WKU; Dr. John Ferrar and Dr. Sam Zachary, Northern Kentucky University; Dr. John Walz, University of Kentucky; Dr. Neville Pinto, University of Louisville; Dr. Steve Cobb, Murray State University; Dr. Tom Otieno and Dr. John Wade, Eastern Kentucky University; and Dr. Roger McNeil, Morehead State University.

The group has agreed to meet annually at different campuses in Kentucky.  The meeting ended with a tour of the research facilities at the WKU Center for Research and Development.

Contact: Dr. Cheryl Stevens, (270) 745-4448.

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