AIKCU board changes, staff retirements

AIKCU Board Changes

Campbellsville University President Michael V. Carter, Ph.D. has been named as the new chair of the AIKCU Board of Directors. He succeeds Spalding University President Tori Murdent McClure.

AIKCU is pleased to welcome six new presidents to the AIKCU Board of Directors for the 2019-20 academic year:

AIKCU Staff Changes

AIKCU President Gary S. Cox has announced his plans to retire from the role he has held since 1997. Gary has agreed to stay on and serve role until the AIKCU board names his successor.

Gary has been a tireless advocate for education throughout his professional career. Gary came to Frankfort in the 1970s to work for the Legislative Research Commission and then went on to spend two decades with the Kentucky Council on Higher Education, serving as its Executive Director for a decade before coming to AIKCU to lead the association.

Although he’s stepping away from AIKCU, Gary plans to remain active in education issues.

In addition, AIKCU Senior Vice President Bob Johnston has retired. Bob oversaw AIKCU operations and business services and was instrumental in creating two of AIKCU’s most successful collaborative programs: the Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plate program and the AIKCU Benefit Alliance.

Bob came to AIKCU after a successful career in Kentucky state government, where he retired as the Public Service Commission’s first Director of Consumer Services. However, Bob wrote in his official retirement letter: “My association with AIKCU has been the highlight of my professional career, and I will always cherish the memories and accomplishments we made as a collective team during this time.”

We wish Bob and his wife Gayla all the best as they transition to full-time retired life in Florida.