The search for a new president at Eastern Kentucky University begins in earnest this week. Members of the E-K-U community can offer their thoughts on the skills needed in the next president. Consultants hired to help with the search will be in Richmond the next two days to hear from administrators, faculty, students, and citizens. An open community forum is tonight on the Richmond campus. Presidential Search and Screening Committee Chair Craig Turner says public comments will be part of the mix
“We’re looking to get information from anyone who wants to get engaged in our process who really has a concern and interest in Eastern and where it’s going to go to,” said Turner.
Craig Turner says the consultants will ensure the search is fair and thorough.
“The role of these consultants is not to select our next president rather they’re gonna help ensure that the search and the selection process is managed effectively and that we achieve our goal in securing the next best president for the university and the future of the institution,” added Turner.
While consultants are gathering information from the school and community at large, Turner says applications are not being sought yet..
“There’s none in the application process yet. I think before we wanted to do that, we wanted to set out in the process what our expectation is for a new president, what we’re looking for so we can help identify when these come in what the challenges are of the position as well as well as the benefits of that position,” said Turner.
Current President Doug Whitlock retires next summer. Tonight’s forum is in Richmond inside the Stratton Building A second public forum is Tuesday evening on E-K-U’s Corbin campus.