3 finalists named for key education post


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s presidential search committee has named three finalists for the post of Council President, one of whom is the current executive director and chief academic officer.

Dr. Aaron Thompson first came to the CPE in 2009 from Eastern Kentucky University.  He left the Council to become interim President of Kentucky State University in May 2016, then returned to his present position in 2017.  Thompson also is a current professor in the department of educational leadership and policy studies at EKU and serves on several state boards.

Dr. Robert Donley served as the executive director and chief executive officer for the Board of Regents, State University System of Iowa, from 2008-2017. Previously, he served as chief of staff and operations for the Board of Governors, State University System of Florida, and as director of public affairs and chief of staff at Florida International University.

Dr. Emily Anne House is chief policy and strategy officer for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. She has held a variety of research positions at THEC since 2013, including serving as chief research officer. She is also teaching a graduate-level research design course for Vanderbilt University.

The Council on Postsecondary education is expected to meet Oct. 25 to interview the three finalists for president and could make its selection following the meeting.

The vacancy was created by the retirement of Robert L. King, who served as president for nearly 10 years.  He has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve the U. S. Department of Education as Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.



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