The Kentucky State University Board of Regents on Thursday approved an addendum to the president’s contract.
The addendum adds a cost-of-living increase to the president’s salary that other KSU employees receive and removes the clause that says the president must live at university-owned Hillcrest, which is the traditional home for the president. The board had previously agreed that KSU presidents can have a housing allowance. The item was in the consent agenda, which the board unanimously approved.
President President M. Christopher Brown II bought a house in Two Creeks subdivision in January, according to the Franklin County Property Valuation Administrator's website.
Members of Brown’s Green Ribbon Commission presented the second Academic Growth Report, which includes research on university programs and offerings and highlights programs KSU could add in the future.
According to the report booklet, which was provided to all attendees during Thursday’s meeting, programs in one to three years could include a bachelor's degree in history and museum studies; a bachelor's degree in sociology with six different tracks; a bachelor's degree in special education; a bachelor's degree in cyber defense; a master of certified public accounting concentration; and executive master's degree in business administration for physicians and lawyers.
In five years, and when funding is available, programs include a master of education with a literary specialist endorsement; a master's degree for museum studies with a concentration in African American studies; a master's degree in educational leadership; and a doctorate of education in educational leadership. The committee also outlined other programs the university can explore in the future.
Dr. Joseph Silver, president of consulting firm Silver and Associates, gave an update to the board about its accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university recently finished an on-site review with SACS. KSU has completed all but eight standards, four of which are expected to be resolved in a few weeks, he said. SACS accreditation has 85 standards. The organization will make a decision on reaccrediting KSU in December.
The board also recognized two members, staff Regent Derek Gilmore and faculty Regent Dr. Elgie McFayden, whose terms end this year. Both received an engraved bowl and their nameplate. Portraits of both have been hung in the boardroom. Their replacements were not named in the meeting, which are voted on by Faculty and Staff Senates.