Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wanted: President

If you want this choice position
Have a cheery disposition
Rosy cheeks, no warts!
Play games, all sorts.

You must be kind, you must be witty

Very sweet and fairly pretty
Take us on outings, give us treats
Sing songs, bring sweets

Never be cross or cruel

Never give us castor oil or gruel
Love us as a son and daughter
And never smell of barley water

If you won't scold and dominate us

We will never give you cause to hate us
We won't hide your spectacles
So you can't see
Put toads in your bed
Or pepper in your tea

A slightly more Official Position Advertisement

The Board of Regents of Eastern Kentucky University invites nominations and applications for the position of President of this esteemed institution.

The President is the executive officer of the University, the President of the Faculty, and the chief administrative official of the institution responsible for all aspects of its mission. The President reports directly to the EKU Board of Regents.

Eastern Kentucky University is a regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional preparations at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in picturesque Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, Eastern has a distinguished record of more than a century of educational service. Conveniently located and served by a network of major highways, Richmond is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, with about 33,000 residents.

Among the qualifications the successful president will possess are:
  • Innovative and visionary leader with a success record of managing a complex organization(s)
  • Commitment to academic excellence
  • Accomplished in interpersonal communication and human relations; committed to diversity
  • Success in developing and sustaining political and other external support
  • Success in external friend and fundraising
  • Demonstrated ability in budgetary and financial management
  • An earned doctorate, a terminal degree, or the equivalent leadership credentials preferred
Nominations and applications will be accepted until an appointment is made, within the practical limits of the process as finalists are identified. For full consideration, applications should be received by Feb. 14, 2013. Review of applications will begin in January 2013. The position will be available on or about July 1, 2013, or sooner pending selected candidate availability. Applications should include: a letter describing the candidate’s interest in and qualifications for the position; a curriculum vitae or resume; a statement of how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications match the University’s mission, strategic direction and desired characteristics for the next president (as outlined in the Presidential Profile); and the names, addresses (including e-mail), and phone numbers for at least five references. All names will remain confidential except those individuals invited for campus interviews.

All nominations and applications should be in MS Word or PDF format and electronically filed to:
This search is being assisted by Dr. Carrie B. Hauser and Dr. James B. Appleberry. Questions may be addressed to or For additional information, visit under “current searches” or ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Eastern Kentucky University is an EEO/AA institution that values diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body. In keeping with this commitment, the University actively seeks and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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