On Thursday, March 23, the Kentucky State University faculty voted to express no confidence in the Board of Regents and its chairperson. The following is a statement from KSU Board Spokesperson Regent Ekumene Lysonge. 

FRANKFORT – Yesterday’s events represent a crossroad for our institution. Our Board has heard the voices of many stakeholders for the past several months. The Frankfort community, our alumni, our staff, our students, and now our faculty have all shared their voices. We respect the role of academic freedom and the shared governance model in higher education. Shared governance requires that just as the voices of KSU express concern or disagreement about University policy, strategic direction, and/or fiscal management, that same collective body must work to improve and repair things for the better. The Board has been and is ready to hear any and all concerns, from the faculty, staff, students, and/or community. We are equally ready to work together to bring forth a season of healing. Our Board plans to use yesterday’s results as a catalyst for change. But, everyone has a stake in the success and future of KSU, and to the betterment of our most precious commodity, our students. We look forward to beginning the conversation on our path forward.


Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,000 students.