President Raymond M. Burse, in his continued efforts to ensure that Kentucky State University is on the road to prosperity and improvement, has hired Dr. Curtis E. Creagh as the university’s new Vice President of Business Affairs.
“We were fortunate to get such an outstanding educator to join us here at KSU. It became apparent to me as a result of our meetings that he understands the direction that KSU must go in order to be successful. He is the right man at the right time to fill this position,” Burse said.
Creagh will assume duties at KSU beginning June 16, 2015. Prior to joining KSU, Creagh served as Interim President at Lincoln University. He has served successfully in higher education for two institutions and under four presidents and one interim president. He has over 10 years of experience in managing departments that include grants from the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Energy, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development.
He also has more than 25 years’ experience as a successful financial leader, including 10 plus years of hands-on accounting management and three years of auditing. He is also a distinguished U.S. Army veteran.
Creagh’s accomplishments also include initiatives and improvements while serving as a member of the executive administrative cabinet. He shared the responsibility of helping to ensure the financial viability of the university, and he provided financial management and grants management advice and assistance. He also developed and reviewed internal financial control policy; evaluated capital projects and the related funding; facilitated the budget process; and developed the budget for an annual operating budget ranging between $30 million to $45 million.
“President Burse’s quality of leadership is an attraction for me,” Creagh said. “Early in life the military taught me that good leaders look behind themselves to see who is following. Remaining aware of who is following you keeps you grounded. For me, seeing the various ones who support him as a dynamic leader and are willing to commit wholeheartedly inspires me and makes this opportunity a promise of personal and professional growth.
“KSU has a rich history, and so to continue the good work I will be standing on the shoulders of those who have successfully shepherded the institution previously, inclusive of staff and administrators,” Creagh said further. “At the end of the day, we all want the best for this institution.”
Creagh received his undergraduate degree in accounting and business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.