WKU President Gary Ransdell is known for his transformation of the WKU campus and now he will have a more visible legacy: a building bearing his name.
WKU’s Board of Regents today (Oct. 22) voted to name the new College of Education building for Dr. Ransdell. The action came after the board toured the $35 million building, slated to open in January.
“I am humbled and honored that I can be associated with the college where our core roots as a normal school exists,” Dr. Ransdell said, referring to WKU’s creation as a teacher’s college. He added he was proud to join others who have meant so much to WKU and have been honored in such a manner.
Board Chair Jim Meyer of Bowling Green said the action was well deserved.
“Gary Ransdell is a leader in postsecondary education – not just in Bowling Green, but in Kentucky and the nation,” Meyer said. “In a time when the average tenure of a university president is about seven years, his strong commitment to WKU – to the students, faculty, and staff – and his vision have led us through a transformation from a university of regional importance to one of national and international consequence.”
In making the motion, Meyer said, “It is a fitting tribute to his visionary leadership for the first 13 years of his presidency and to what we expect of him for the next 12 years, that we should name the new College of Education building the Gary A. Ransdell College of Education Building.”
In other business, the board:
*Approved graduate certificates in career counseling and religious studies;
*Approved a master’s of arts degree in religious studies;
*Accepted the auditors report and financial statements for fiscal year 2010.