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Regents select firm to assist with presidential search

The WKU Board of Regents on Friday (April 22) chose the firm of Isaacson, Miller to assist in the search for a new president.

Isaacson, Miller, with offices in Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., will help develop a qualified, diverse pool of applicants; recruit candidates; conduct reference checks and assist with screening candidates.

WKU will negotiate the final contract with the search firm, which must then be approved by the state Government Contract Review Committee.

WKU President Gary Ransdell recognized Larry Zielke for his 12 years as a member of WKU's Board of Regents. Zielke's term ends June 30. (WKU photo by Bob Skipper)

WKU President Gary Ransdell recognized Larry Zielke for his 12 years as a member of WKU’s Board of Regents. Zielke’s term ends June 30. (WKU photo by Bob Skipper)

Regent Phillip Bale of Glasgow, chair of the presidential search committee, said the firm was one of nine to submit proposals and was well prepared in its presentation. “We’ve arrived at a good choice and expect them to be able to fulfill the mission we are giving them,” he said.

President Gary Ransdell will leave his position on June 30, 2017, and fully retire from WKU on Dec. 31, 2017.

In other business, the Board:

  • Approved drawing $1.5 million from the university reserves to cover a 2 percent budget reduction for 2015-16 mandated by Gov. Matt Bevin. That cut was taken from the fourth-quarter state funding allotment. The university will return the funding to the reserve by Oct. 31.
  • Approved a Master of Science in Child and Family Studies.
  • Approved graduate certificates in Measurement, Evaluation and Research and in Business Core Competencies.
  • Approved an undergraduate certificate in Applied Data Analytics.
  • Approved graduate and undergraduate certificates in Brewing and Distilling Arts & Sciences.
  • Approved emeritus status for Dr. William Pfohl Jr. in Psychology and Dr. Christopher Wagner in Educational Administration, Leadership and Research.
  • Approved an employment contract for Coach Rick Stansbury, men’s basketball, and contract addendums for Coach Jeff Brohm, football, and Athletic Director Todd Stewart.

Contact: Bob Skipper, (270) 745-4295

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