Monday, June 24, 2002

Presidential search could be long at KSU

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — The search for a new president at Kentucky State University could be complicated by internal strife on campus and the turbulent tenure of several past presidents, some officials say.

        Last week, George Reid became the fourth president in 20 years forced out by regents at Kentucky's only historically black university. The board of regents put Mr. Reid on paid leave until his $138,679 contract ends June 30.

        Regents Chairman Bill Wilson has promised an aggressive search that could take a year.

        Former Supreme Court Justice Walter Baker, who serves on the state Council for Postsecondary Education, said the turnover could scare off some good candidates but could have the opposite effect as well. “Some person might view this as just the type of challenge that he would like to wrestle with,” he said. “It could attract some very strong and capable people.”


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