A public figure with extensive state and local government experience is among those people who will help Eastern Kentucky University find a new president. E-K-U President Doug Whitlock announced in August he would retire next summer. Former State Senator and Richmond City Manager Ed Worley will serve on the school’s newly formed search committee. “Are we a community with a university in it or are we a university community and there is a very distinct difference and I think who ever the next president needs to identify that this is a university community and they want to work with the community to grow this as Richmond, Madison County and Eastern Kentucky University together,” said Worley.
For nearly 40 years, Worley says he’s worked with every president at Eastern Kentucky University. He says academic and business acuity are important qualities in a university’s leader..
“The greatest challenge of any search committee is to think about what you are doing and not start liking candidates because of personality which I think sometimes happens in the selection of university presidents,” added Worley.
The E-K-U Board of Regents is looking for a search firm to assist in choosing a successor to Whitlock.