Danville, Ky. — Kirby Fitzpatrick, a senior mathematics major and president of the Student Government at Association at Centre College, has been appointed by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) to represent Kentucky’s nonprofit private colleges and universities on the Board of Student Body Presidents of Kentucky.
“I feel honored to be the voice of Kentucky’s private colleges and universities on the Board of Student Body Presidents,” she said. “Kentucky’s private colleges offer so much to the commonwealth, and I am excited to bring the ideas and perspectives of the smaller schools to the table.”
Kirby has already embraced the role, meeting with her public university peers on the board via Skype before the fall semester started. She hopes to build relationships with student government leaders at other AIKCU member institutions this fall to foster communication and opportunities for collaboration.
“The Board allows me and the rest of the private institutions more opportunities to share ideas and resources, only strengthening our own student governments at our respective universities,” she said.
The Board of Student Body Presidents of Kentucky was formally established by state statute in 2013. It advises the legislative and executive branches and the Council on Postsecondary Education regarding postsecondary education issues and concerns of college students. The Board is composed of the student body presidents from Kentucky’s eight public universities, two representatives from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), and a private college representative selected by AIKCU.
Past AIKCU representatives to the Board of Student Body Presidents of Kentucky have included student government leaders from Spalding University, Brescia University, and Lindsey Wilson College.