Welcome to new campus staff members

As we begin the fall semester and AIKCU’s fall member group meeting schedule, we thought it would be appropriate to acknowledge senior staff serving in new roles on our member campuses.

We’ve attempted to organize this list of new folks according to the functional areas that correspond with AIKCU’s internal member groups. Some of these people are brand new to the AIKCU family. Others have recently enjoyed promotions or shifted responsibilities on campus. And some have been in their positions for a while but were never properly introduced after assuming new roles during the last academic year. Welcome to all.

Presidents’ Offices:

Bellarmine University – President Susan M. Donovan

Berea College – Sherry Thiele, Executive Asst. to the President

Kentucky Wesleyan College – Scott Kramer, VP of Executive Initiatives & Retention

Lindsey Wilson College – Amy Thompson-Wells, Executive Asst. to the President

Transylvania University – Kristin Milam, Executive Asst. to the President

Transylvania University – Rachel Millard, Chief of Staff

University of the Cumberlands – Jamirae Hammons Holbrook, Executive VP/Chief of Staff

Academic Affairs

Asbury University – Bonnie Banker, Interim Provost

Lindsey Wilson College – Patricia Parrish, VP for Academic Affairs

University of the Cumberlands – Shannon Deaton, Dean of Education

Advancement

Asbury University – Mark Troyer, VP for Institutional Advancement

Centre College – Shawn Lyons, VP for Development & Alumni Engagement

Centre College – Jamey Leahey, VP for Legal Affairs & Gift Planning

Thomas More College – Robyn Hoffman, VP for Institutional Advancement

Transylvania University – Martin Smith, VP for Advancement

University of the Cumberlands – William Stohlmann, Director of Development

Career Development

Lindsey Wilson College – Laura Burwash, Director of Career Services

Transylvania University – Tracy Dunn, Director of Career Development

Communications/Marketing

Berea College – Kim Brown, Assoc. VP of Marketing & Communications

University of Pikeville – Laura Damron, Director of Public Affairs

Admissions/Enrollment Management

Asbury University – Bill Hall, VP for Enrollment Management

Campbellsville University – Shane Garrison, VP for Enrollment Services

University of Pikeville – John Yancey, Director of Admissions

Facilities

Midway University – Greg Heidemann, Director of Facilities

Transylvania University – Darrell Banks, Director of the Physical Plant

Financial Aid

Kentucky Wesleyan College – Crystal Hamilton, Financial Aid Director

Midway University – Justin Cristello, Director of Student Financial Planning

University of Pikeville – Jennifer Bates, Financial Aid Director

Human Resources

University of the Cumberlands – Steve Allen, Director of HR

Information Technology

Centre College – Andrew Ryan, Chief Information Officer

Transylvania University – Krista Story, Activing VP for Information Technology

Institutional Research/Effectiveness

Asbury University – Paul Stephens, Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness & Strategic Planning

Library Services

Georgetown College – Andrew Adler, Director of Library Services

Student Affairs

Campbellsville University – Rusty Watkins, Dean of Students

Kentucky Wesleyan College – Rebecca McQueen, Dean of Student Services

Thomas More College – Kevin Reynolds, Dean of Students

University of Pikeville – Justin Owens, Dean of Students

Centre SGA President Kirby Fitzpatrick to represent AIKCU students on Board of Student Body Presidents of Kentucky

Photo of Kirby Fitzpatrick of Centre CollegeDanville, 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.

2017 spring commencements announced

As the spring semester winds down, our member institutions are preparing to celebrate their graduates’ accomplishments at spring commencements.

Commencement speakers this year include civil rights leader and current U.S. Representative Congressman John Lewis, New York Times bestselling author of Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance, national and community leaders, and institutional presidents.

This list of Spring 2017 commencement information for Kentucky private colleges will be updated as additional information becomes available.


Alice Lloyd College

Saturday, May 6

12:15 PM


Asbury University

Saturday, May 6

APS/Graduate Commencement: 10:00 AM

Undergraduate Commencement: 2:00 PM

Speaker: Commissioner David Jeffrey, National Commander, The Salvation Army National Headquarters


Bellarmine University

Saturday, May 13

9:00 AM

Clayton Field in the Owsley Brown Frazier Stadium (Severe weather location: Knights Hall)

Speaker: Elmcroft Senior Living Chairman and CEO Pat Mulloy

Honorary Degrees: Honorary doctorates for Pat Mulloy, Leonard Spalding and Susan Spalding

Pat Mulloy to speak at Bellarmine’s spring commencement


Berea College

Sunday, May 7

2:00 PM

Seabury Center

Speaker: U.S. Representative John Lewis, Georgia 5th District

Honorary Degree: Congressman John Lewis


Brescia University

Saturday, May 6

10:00 AM CT

RiverPark Center, Owensboro

Speaker: Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)


Campbellsville University

Graduate Commencements:

Friday, May 12

4:00 PM

Ransdell Chapel

Number of graduates: 116 Master’s students

Friday, May 12

7:00 PM

Ransdell Chapel

Number of graduates: 167 Master’s students

Undergraduate Commencements:

Saturday, May 13

9:00 AM

Speaker: The Honorable Max Wise, Kentucky State Senator, 16th Senatorial District, 1997 Campbellsville University graduate

Number of graduates: 140 Bachelor of Science Undergraduate Students

Noon

Powell Athletic Center
Speaker: The Honorable Max Wise, Kentucky State Senator, 16th Senatorial District, 1997 Campbellsville University graduate

Honorary degree: The Honorable Max Wise, Kentucky State Senator, 16th Senatorial District, 1997 Campbellsville University graduate, Honorary doctorate of Public Service

Number of graduates: 128 Associate and other Undergraduate Students

Campbellsville University to graduate record-number of graduates in May of 558; 760 for academic year


Centre College

Sunday, May 21

3:00 PM

Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts

Speaker: J.D. Vance, New York Times best-selling author of Hillbilly Elegy

Honorary Degree: J.D. Vance


Georgetown College

Saturday, May 13

10:00 AM

Giddings Lawn (Rain location: Davis-Reid Alumni Gym)

Speaker: Dr. Ralph D. West, founder and senior pastor of The Church Without Walls (Brookhollow Baptist Church, Houston, TX)

Honorary Degree: William H. McIntyre, local historian


Kentucky Christian University

Saturday, May 6

10:00 AM

Lusby Center Gymnasium

Speaker: Dr. Marvin Elliott


Kentucky Wesleyan College

Saturday, April 29

10:00 AM

Owensboro Convention Center

Speaker: Brian Kelley, former chief executive officer, president and director of Keurig Green Mountain

The Path to Success: Kentucky Wesleyan class of 2017 graduates at convention center

126 degrees awarded


Lindsey Wilson College

Saturday, May 13


Midway University

Saturday, May 13

11:00 AM

Graves Amphitheater on Midway campus

Speaker: Susan Martinelli Shea, Lexington Legends owner and philanthropist


Spalding University

Saturday, June 3

10:00 AM

Canaan Christian Church

Speaker: President Tori Murden McClure

Honorary Degree: Lonnie Ali


Thomas More College

Graduate Commencement

Friday, May 12

5:00 PM

Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel

Undergraduate Commencement

Saturday, May 13

11:30 AM

Connor Convocation Center


Transylvania University

Saturday, May 27

9:00 AM

Old Morrison Lawn (Rain Location: Beck Center)

Speaker: Bill Farmer, President and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass


Union College

Sunday, May 7

10:30 AM

John M. Robsion Jr. Arena

Speaker: Bishop Leonard Fairley, United Methodist Church resident Bishop of the Louisville Episcopal Area


University of the Cumberlands

Saturday, May 6

Undergraduate Commencement: 10:00 AM

Graduate Commencement: 6:00 PM

O. Wayne Rollins Center

Speaker: Dr. Larry L. Cockrum, University of the Cumberlands president


University of Pikeville

Saturday, May 20

Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement

9:30 AM

East Kentucky Expo Center

Speaker: David O. Barbe, M.D.,MHA, Board-certified family physician and president-elect of the American Medical Association

Honorary Degree: Dr. Barbe, Doctor of Science

University of Pikeville Commencement

2:00 PM

East Kentucky Expo Center

Speaker: Irene Trowell-Harris, R.N. Ed.D., Maj. Gen., USAF, Ret., Former Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veterans

Honorary Degree: Dr. Trowell-Harris, Doctor of Humane Letters

Transy wins “Battle of the Bumpers” for 9th straight year

transy plateTransylvania University has taken the AIKCU “Battle of the Bumpers” title for the 9th consecutive year.

The Battle of the Bumpers is a friendly annual competition that pits the 18 AIKCU member institutions against each other to see whose supporters purchase the most Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates in a calendar year. Ten dollars from the sale of each plate goes back to the featured institution’s general scholarship fund.

Transy alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends purchased 973 plates in 2016, generating nearly $10,000 in student scholarships. Overall, AIKCU distributed more than $50,000 from 2016 license plate sales to campus scholarship funds.

Centre College was second with 881 plates sold. Bellarmine University came in third with 749 and saw the biggest jump over the previous year, with an increase of 22 percent (137 plates).

Sales of Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates have raised more than $550,000 for student scholarships since the Battle of the Bumpers kicked off in 2003.

Official Kentucky license plates for all 18 AIKCU colleges and universities and the association are available for purchase at Kentucky County Clerks’ offices. Plates cost $44 on initial issue and $31 at renewal, with $10 going to the institution’s general scholarship fund. Plates may be purchased at any Kentucky County Clerk’s office. For more information or to see all AIKCU member plates, visit the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Motor Vehicle Licensing.

2017 AIKCU Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference to feature keynotes by Jose Bowen, Gerry Swan

The 2017 AIKCU Technology, Learning, and Technology Conference will feature keynotes by Jose Bowen, President of Goucher College and author of the Teaching Naked series, and Dr. Gerry Swann, Associate Professor of Instructional Design at the University of Kentucky.

The June 30 conference will take place on the campus of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Conference sessions will address key issues facing small colleges and universities in the areas of learning technology, instructional design, information technology, and libraries.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of AIKCU’s technology partners, registration is free (but required) for faculty and staff of AIKCU member institutions.

REGISTER to attend the 2017 AIKCU Technology, Learning, and Technology Conference

Keynote Speaker Biographies:

Jose Bowen head shotPresident Jose Bowen, a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology and author of the Teaching Naked series, will provide the keynote during the conference lunch. Bowen is president of Goucher College, a private, liberal arts college in MD. He contributes to podcasts and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsweek, USA Today, US News & World Report, PBS News Hour, and NPR (an extended media list is here). His book Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012) was the winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education (2013) from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. His next book, Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes with G. Edward Watson (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2017), has been called “as rich a resource…to improve students’ learning as has been written in a generation.” He is currently working on Transforming the University: Learning for Change, a comprehensive approach to integrating campus life with massively better classrooms and using the latest research on learning and adolescent development to focus college on opening minds in the post-technology era. He has been honored by students and colleagues for his teaching at SMU, Miami and Georgetown and he received a Stanford Centennial Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 1990. He served on the Digital Working Group of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U’s) General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) program. For teaching ideas, see his blog at teachingnaked.com or follow him on Twitter @josebowen, or watch his Teaching Naked TED talk.

Dr. Gerry Swan headshotDr. Gerry Swan, University of Kentucky Associate Professor of Instructional Systems Design, will open the conference with a thought-provoking discussion on implementing technology. Dr. Swan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia. His research interests include use of interactive media with instruction and computer managed instruction/research. His research looks at how online environments can be used in data collection and presentation to facilitate the use of best practices in educational environments. Data-driven decision-making, knowledge management, and continuous improvement are increasingly popular ideas in education, and Swan is interested in what the tools and practices are to make it a reality. Through the development and study of online environments, Swan seeks to bring the potential of these tools to the classroom.

Meet the 2017 AIKCU Frankfort intern class

2017 AIKCU Interns
2017 AIKCU Interns (l-r): Caroline Abbott, Centre College; Hayden McLeod, University of Pikeville; Harry Hill, UPIKE; Donald Anderson, UPIKE; Brandon Lopez, UPIKE; and Crystal Hodges, Lindsey Wilson College.

Six students from Kentucky private colleges are spending the spring semester in the state capital working and studying as part of AIKCU’s Frankfort Semester Internship Program.

The 2017 AIKCU interns are working approximately 30 hours per week in positions related to state government and taking two upper level seminars. They include:

  • Caroline Abbott, a Centre College junior from Nashville majoring in Politics and International Relations. Caroline is interning this spring with the Kentucky Retail Federation.
  • Donald Anderson, a University of Pikeville senior majoring in Sports Management and Accounting from Kingsland, Georgia. Donald’s internship is with the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety.
  • Harry Hill, a UPIKE junior majoring in Business Administration from London, England. Harry is interning with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
  • Crystal Hodges, a Lindsey Wilson College junior from Louisville majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Crystal is working in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
  • Brandon Lopez, a UPIKE senior from Smyrna, Tennessee majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology, is interning with the Kentucky Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety.
  • Hayden McLeod, a UPIKE senior Business Administration major from Hartlepool, England is also interning with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

The AIKCU internship program was established in 2000 to provide valuable on-the-job experience to students interested in public affairs and expose them to public service as a career option. A number of former AIKCU interns have gone on to careers in public service, including former interns currently working in U.S. Congressional offices, the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, and in various branches of Kentucky state government.

Interns are supervised and guided throughout the semester by program coordinator Richard Wilson, a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Interns may qualify for up to a full semester of academic credit from their home institution upon completion of their work experience and two seminars focused on public administration and Kentucky government and politics. Interns receive a stipend to partially cover their living expenses for the semester.

More information about the AIKCU Frankfort Semester Internship program is available at http://www.aikcu.org/frankfortsemesterinternships.

New study reveals nonprofit private colleges add $700 million to Kentucky economy annually

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Kentucky’s private nonprofit colleges and universities add $700 million to the Kentucky economy each year and are responsible for creating nearly 10,600 Kentucky jobs, according to a new study commissioned by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU).

The economic impact report underscores the public benefits that a healthy private college sector provides to the commonwealth, calling the nonprofit private college sector both “one of the greatest economic and social bargains for the residents and taxpayers of Kentucky” and “one of Kentucky’s primary economic engines.”

Altogether, AIKCU’s 18 members are responsible for 10,588 Kentucky jobs with average salaries of nearly $49,000 per year (inclusive of benefits). The report breaks down the $700 million annual economic activity attributed to the private nonprofit college sector into direct, indirect, and induced economic effects as follows:

  • $404 million in direct effects from the employment of private college faculty and staff. AIKCU members directly employed 6,755 people (4,864 full-time,1,891 part-time) in 2014-15, with average wages (inclusive of benefits) of $53,674
  • $121 million in indirect effects, resulting from the purchase of goods and services necessary for the colleges’ operations. These indirect effects created 1,400 Kentucky jobs, with the average annual salary for these suppliers estimated at $38,915 (inclusive of benefits).
  • $175 million in induced effects resulting from the Kentucky economy’s response to the private colleges, with re-spending of the income received at the direct and indirect stages. This induced spending created another 2,443 Kentucky jobs with an average salary of $40,613 (inclusive of benefits)

These economic effects are felt throughout the state, with 85% of Kentucky’s population residing within a one hour drive of at least one private college. And although these nonprofit colleges are themselves tax-exempt, the report estimates their economic effects generate $24 million in Kentucky state and local taxes and $98 million in federal tax revenue annually.

“While this report doesn’t even attempt to measure our biggest contributions to the Commonwealth — the increased knowledge, civic engagement, and earning power of our graduates — it highlights the critical role our colleges play as employers, nonprofit businesses, and job creators throughout Kentucky,” said Gary S. Cox, president of the Association of Independent Ky. Colleges and Universities.

The AIKCU economic impact estimate employs a more narrow methodology than some other higher education economic impact studies. It does not factor in what the author identifies as “perhaps the greatest benefit AIKCU’s member institutions provide for the state of Kentucky” — the human capital that private college alumni add to the commonwealth’s economy through higher wages, increased tax revenue, improved health outcomes, and other factors. It also excludes the non-recurring economic benefits from capital construction projects; spending by students, alumni and visitors to the colleges other than tuition; the value of research, grant, or community service activities; and of course the many intangible social and cultural benefits these institutions provide their communities.

The AIKCU study was conducted by a practicing economist with more than 30 years experience in the field of economic development and updates a 2014 study by the same author. The report utilizes 2014-15 employment and wage data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (the most current data publicly available). This focus on the institutions’ recurring economic benefits derived from annual operations parallels the process many state governments use to evaluate the appropriateness of economic development incentives for new or existing businesses.

Download the full AIKCU 2014-15 Economic Impact Report.

AIKCU students take home 39 awards in Kentucky Academy of Science 2016 Student Research Competition

The opportunity to engage in undergraduate research is a hallmark of Kentucky’s private colleges. Some of that research was on display during the recent Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) Student Research Competition, where students from eight different AIKCU member institutions took home a total of 39 awards.

The annual competition recognizes outstanding student research from the Kentucky Academy of Science’s postsecondary affiliates, which include 16 nonprofit private colleges, all 8 four-year Kentucky public universities, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Awards are given for undergraduate scientific poster, undergraduate oral presentation, and graduate oral presentation in each of 19 scientific disciplines.

AIKCU students’ 39 total awards came in the form of 18 first place, 17 second place, and four third place awards. Berea College students received the most awards with 24. Students from Asbury University, Bellarmine University, Brescia University, Centre College, Georgetown College, Transylvania University, and the University of Pikeville also took home honors.

Congratulations to these AIKCU students on their recognition in the following categories of the Kentucky Academy of Science 2016 Student Research Competition:


Agricultural Sciences (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Kassandra H. Carter, Berea College

1st Place: Helina Asrat, Berea College


Anthropology & Sociology (Poster Presentations)

1st Place: Kyree Hobson and Simeon Huff, Berea College

Botany (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Austin Adam, Bellarmine University

1st Place: Preye Agbana, Brescia University


Botany (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

3rd Place: Sean Nilan, Berea College

 

Cellular and Molecular Biology (Poster Presentations)

3rd Place: Meghan Kramer, Berea College

1st Place: Hsuan Peng, Berea College

 

Cellular and Molecular Biology (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

3rd Place: Jodi DeJohn, Georgetown College

1st Place: Seth Reasoner, Berea College


Chemistry: Analytical/Physical (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Ana Gabriela Mira, Centre College

1st Place: Job K. Limo, Berea College


Chemistry: Analytical/Physical (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

1st Place: Kyaw “Joe” Hpone Myint, Berea College


Chemistry: Organic/Inorganic (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Michael B. James and Kateryna O. Nabukhotna, Berea College


Computer and Information Sciences (Poster Presentations)

3rd Place: Carson Blevins, Bellarmine University

2nd Place: Zachary Eckert, Bellarmine University


Computer and Information Sciences (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd Place: Aaron Andries, Bellarmine University


Ecology and Environmental Sciences (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Olivia Slater and Nina Meneses, Berea College

1st place: Jaylen Beatty, Transylvania University


Engineering (Poster Presentations)

1st Place: Brooke Kennedy, Bellarmine University


Health Sciences (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Danielle Upton, University of Pikeville


Mathematics (Poster Presentations)

1st place: Bhavesh Ramkorun, Berea College


Physics and Astronomy (Poster Presentations)

2nd place: Dustin Watts, Berea College

1st place: Tanner Thompson, Berea College


Physics and Astronomy (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

1st Place: Isaac Vock, Centre College


Physiology and Biochemistry (Poster Presentations)

2nd place: James McCarthey, Berea College

1st place: Marco Santos, Berea College

Physiology and Biochemistry (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd place: Tatiana Mikhailova, Berea College

1st place: Young Hwan Kim, Asbury University


Psychology (Poster Presentations)

1st place: Alicia Bedolla, Berea College


Psychology (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd place (tie): Brett Vitkun, Centre College

2nd place (tie): Valerie Zehr, Berea College

1st place: Tiffany Estep, Berea College


Science Education (Poster Presentations)

2nd place: Douglas J. Kelly, Bellarmine University

1st place: Aubrey Melton, Berea College


Science Education (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd place: Casey Tetidrick , Berea College

1st place: Alexandria Szalanczy, Centre College


Zoology (Poster Presentations)

2nd place: Robin Hauschner and Favour Akabogo, Berea College


Zoology (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd place: Jillian Kendall, Berea College
For a complete list of categories and winners from the 2016 Student Research Competition, visit the Kentucky Academy of Science site.

AIKCU average student loan debt lower than state, national averages

Class of 2015 Student Loan Debt bar chart

Class of 2015 Student Loan Debt bar chart

The Institute for College Access & Success’s Project on Student Debt has released its annual report on the status of student debt among America’s college graduates, Student Debt and the Class of 2015.

According to the report, 68% of students who graduated in 2015 from four-year public and nonprofit private colleges nationally graduated with student loan debt. The average loan debt for those who borrowed was $30,100, about 4% more than the previous year’s graduates.

The average loan debt for graduates of Kentucky institutions included in the report was $27,225, about 11% lower than the national average. Statewide, 64 percent of Kentucky students graduated with loans. Kentucky had the 32nd highest average student debt total among the states.

The average graduate debt at AIKCU institutions was even lower, at just under $25,000. [The median debt of AIKCU members was $27,291.] 12 of 18 AIKCU members were included in the report.

The average loan debt at Kentucky’s public universities was just over $28,000. 7 of 8 public universities were included in the report.

The TICAS report includes data voluntarily reported to Peterson’s for about 56 percent of the public and nonprofit colleges and universities in the U.S. The report does not include information about borrowing at proprietary institutions.

See the TICAS data for Kentucky institutions.

Welcome new AIKCU member staff

With a new academic year comes a new group of employees on our member campuses. We’ve attempted to catalog all the new senior campus staff (or relatively new staff, or seasoned employees taking on new roles) below and by highlighting them in bold in our updated 2016-17 AIKCU Membership Directory. The directory includes contact information for all AIKCU member senior staff as well as other important contact information, like AIKCU group listerv addresses and contact information for Kentucky congressional offices.

Welcome to all of these new senior leaders on our member campuses:

Academic Affairs: Linda Strong-Leek, VP for Diversity/Inclusion and Assoc. VP for Academic Affairs, Berea College; Mary Elizabeth Stivers, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, Midway University; Joanne Berryman, Provost, Spalding University; and Lori Werth, the first ever Provost at the University of Pikeville.

Advancement: David Hutchens, VP for Advancement, UPIKE.

Business Officers: David Wilhite, CFO/Treasurer, Georgetown College; John Dundon, CFO, Kentucky Christian University; Rush Sherman, CFO, Spalding University; Chris Rolph, CFO, University of the Cumberlands; Quentin Young, Director of Business Services, University of the Cumberlands; Barry Bentley, VP for Finance and Business Affairs, UPIKE.

Communications: Keith Spears, Vice President for Communication and Asst. to the President (a new role), Campbellsville University; Samantha Combs, Coordinator of Communications, Kentucky Christian University; Venus Popplewell, Director of Public Relations, Lindsey Wilson College; Marita Salkowski, Communications/PR Director, Thomas More College; Andrew Powell, Senior Director of Communication, Union College

Enrollment Management: Jonathan Sands-Wise, VP Enrollment Management, Georgetown College; Sheree Greer, Director of Admissions, Kentucky Christian University; Jeremy Pittman, VP of Admissions & Financial Aid, Kentucky Wesleyan College; Kelly Gosnell, Dean of Enrollment Services, Midway University; Chris Powers, Assoc. VP of Enrollment, Thomas More College; Holly Sheilley, VP of Enrollment/Student Affairs, Transylvania University

Institutional Research: Jessica Hearn, Director of Institutional Research, Georgetown College; Wesley Whistle, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Information Technology:  Bryan Blount, Sr. Director of Information Services & Resources, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Public Safety: Debbie Fox, Director Public Safety, Bellarmine; Isaac Duncan, Safety Officer, Brescia; Bill Wilson, Director of Campus Safety, Thomas More College

And here at AIKCU, Krista Hudson has been promoted to VP for Member Services.