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Provost Search

A Message from President Michael T. Benson

Update November 30, 2017

Dear EKU Faculty and Staff:

We are facing some challenging, and unprecedented, times within our state.  The collateral impact of the issues before us is certainly being felt by all state universities.  Notwithstanding, I feel confident that EKU can forge ahead and emerge even stronger provided that we all work together and remain committed to focusing on our strategic goals and priorities as an institution.  This will require a laser-like focus as we enter 2018.

To this end, and after consulting with Committee Chairs Dr. Matt Winslow and Dr. Shirley O’Brien, we have decided to pause the Provost Search Committee process for the time being.  My hope is the search committee as currently constituted will remain in place but suspend its efforts, with the intent to reconvene and restart the process again next summer.  Our search consultant, Kenny Daugherty, also supports this position, and I’m very pleased that Dr. Deborah Whitehouse has agreed to remain in the interim Provost position.  She is doing an excellent job, and I thank her for her willingness to remain at the helm.

Thanks again for your continued service to EKU.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Benson


Provost Search

The search for a Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is one of the most important hiring processes our campus community ever undertakes. As our Chief Academic Officer, the Provost is a key member of the President’s Council and plays a central role in the aspirations of the University.

EKU has retained the Executive Search Firm of Myers McRae to conduct a nationwide search for this key leadership role. Lead Consultant and Meyers McRae President Kenny Daugherty will work closely with our Search Committee co-chairs, Dr. Matt Winslow, professor of psychology and chair of the Faculty Senate, and Dr. Shirley O’Brien, professor of occupational therapy and former chair of the Faculty Senate. The search will take place from October 2017 to March 2018, with the objective of having the incumbent in place by Summer 2018. To see a complete timeline, visit

I would like to thank in advance the members of the Search Committee for their time and service. As the committee begins its work of building the candidate pool, nominations of candidates are welcome from the EKU community, and may be submitted in confidence to Dr. Winslow ( or Dr. O’Brien (
Yours sincerely,

Michael Benson

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