Three join state higher ed board, new EKU, UK, WKU programs OK’ed


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has welcomed three new members to its ranks, including a retired teacher, a real estate developer and a retired corporate communications professional.

At its meeting Friday morning, the board also approved new degree programs at Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University.

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Gov. Andy Beshear appointed all three members on April 9, and they received the oath of office today during the Council’s regular business meeting. The new appointees include:

  • Karyn Hoover of Jamestown, who recently retired after 27 years as an elementary education teacher in Russell County. Hoover taught preschool through second grade with a focus on closing achievement gaps, mentoring new teachers and building relationships with students and their families. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Kentucky University and completed a fifth-year degree at Western Kentucky University.
  • Madison Silvert of Owensboro, who serves as president of The Malcolm Bryant Corporation, a community-oriented and full-service real estate development firm. Silvert previously served as president and executive vice president of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Centre College and a juris doctorate from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.
  • Doris Thomas of Smiths Grove, who recently retired as vice president of development and community outreach for Med Center Health, a six-hospital health care system with approximately 40 other health-related entities. Thomas received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s degree in corporate communication, both from Western Kentucky University.

In other action, the Council approved five new academic programs, including:

  • Eastern Kentucky University – Bachelor of Science in global hospitality and tourism and a Master of Science in instructional design and learning technology.
  • University of Kentucky – Master of Science in marketing and a Master of Science in strategic human resource management and analytics.
  • Western Kentucky University – Master of Arts in Education in instructional leadership, school principal.

The Council also:

  • Approved CPE’s 2021-22 agency budget.
  • Revised the new board member orientation and education policy.
  • Established a nominating committee to identify a slate of chair and vice chair candidates. Members of the committee include Kevin Weaver, Richard Nelson and Kristi Nelson.
  • Adopted resolutions thanking former board members Ben Brandstetter and Kim Halbauer for their dedication and commitment to higher education over the past five years.
  • Adopted a resolution honoring Mary Allison, a CPE executive assistant who is retiring after 20 years of service. During her tenure, Allison supported four presidents, two interim presidents and a number of vice presidents for the organization.
  • Approved meeting dates for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Received reports from CPE President Aaron Thompson and state Education Commissioner Jason Glass, along with reports from CPE’s Finance, Executive, and Academic and Strategic Initiatives committees.
  • Reviewed results from CPE’s Academic Program Review project and CPE’s annual progress report.
  • Received “good news” reports from campuses.

Meeting materials are available at