Moberly recommends 'change agent' for EKU

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Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — A former state lawmaker and administrator at Eastern Kentucky University is recommending that school regents hire "a change agent" to replace the retiring president.

Harry Moberly spoke during a public forum Monday night to gather input on what the community wants to see as a search firm helps the university look for a new leader. Current President Doug Whitlock is retiring at the end of next July.

The Richmond Register (http://bit.ly/UDeaH0 ) reports that Moberly said EKU has many assets but ranks "very low" in categories tracked by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, such as student recruitment, retention and graduation.

He said poor enrollment numbers at the school has led to a decrease in state funding, which will be a challenge for the next president to overcome.

In response to others speakers about the decrease in state funds for the university, Moberly said EKU officials hadn't been good stewards of the money is has received.

"We do not have strategic budgeting here that holds anybody accountable for any results," he said.

Moberly served 31 years in the legislature and was executive vice president at Eastern for three years.

Prior to his comments, assistant professor Jason Marion said he thinks regents should be pay the next president a large salary, but only if high levels of accountability are met.

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Information from: Richmond Register, http://www.richmondregister.com

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