More than 400 faculty and staff members attended Kentucky State University’s Fall Faculty and Staff Institute, “Potholes, Policies, Procedures & Pathways for Progress,” on Monday, August 15, 2016, in Bradford Hall.  Interim President Aaron Thompson, Ph.D., formally introduced himself to both new and returning employees.

“I’m a first-generation high school student,” the native Kentuckian revealed as he reflected upon his upbringing in rural eastern Kentucky. Despite a lack of formal education, Dr. Thompson’s parents stressed the importance of education. His drive and motivation to surround himself with positive influences led Thompson to earn a Ph.D. in Sociology, focusing on organizational behavior as well as race and gender relations.


Dr. Aaron Thompson talks with Artist-in-Residence Caroline Gibson yesterday at Bradford Hall.

The President’s Cabinet also presented the mission and goals of each area. Area Vice presidents are Candice Love Jackson (Interim for Academic Affairs); Francene Gilmer (Interim for Student Affairs); Greg Rush (Business Affairs); Rick Smith (Interim for External Relations and Development); Ingram Quick (Internal Auditor); Wendy Dixie (Information Technology), and Gordon Rowe (General Counsel).

Associate Provost/Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness in the Office of Academic Affairs, Deneia Thomas, who also serves as the University’s Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) liaison, presented “The Road to SACSCOC.” Kentucky State University is preparing for  Reaffirmation in 2019.

Speakers also included Faculty Senate President Kimberly Sipes, Faculty Regent Elgie McFayden, Staff Regent Derrick Gilmore, and Staff Senate President Joseph Goodman.

After the Institute, new Faculty were invited to a working lunch for the New Faculty Orientation, as well as, meet members of the President’s Cabinet.