President should inspire others, KSU finalist says

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Dr. A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, Kentucky State University presidential candidate, asked students why they think someone should want to come to KSU to be president.

The consensus from the students was they wanted someone who had a passion to help people and wasn't in it for the title of president or for the money.

Caldwell-Colbert, senior research associate with the Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity in Washington, D.C., told students during the student forum Monday night at KSU that some people can get "hung up on the title of president."

"But being president requires partnership and working together with everyone to fulfill the university's vision," she said. "This is not a popularity contest. Leading means are you able to stimulate people to want to follow you. If you aren't stimulating people, then you aren't leading and you shouldn't be here."

Caldwell-Colbert visited KSU Monday through Wednesday to participate in on-campus interviews and forums. She was the third of four presidential candidates to be interviewed by the KSU Board of Regents.

Caldwell-Colbert, a native of Kansas, is a magna cum laude graduate from Spelman College where she received her bachelor's degree in psychology. She received her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Georgia in psychology and clinical psychology.

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