LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2011) — The University of Kentucky's Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee are holding a series of forums across the state to gather input about some of the characteristics that UK's 12th president should possess.

The next forum will be held at 8:30 a.m., March 10, at the University of Kentucky Hardin County Extension Office, 201 Peterson Drive, Elizabethtown, KY 42701-9370.

The meeting will be open to the public and will be attended by Britt Brockman, chairman of the UK Trustees, and Sheila Brothers, staff representative on the Board of Trustees. Directions to the forum site are located below.

UK is searching for its 12th president, following the announcement in September by current President Lee T. Todd, Jr. that he would retire at the end of June after 10 years at the helm.

“The campus for the University of Kentucky is the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are this state’s flagship, land-grant institution and we touch all 120 counties,” said Britt Brockman, chair of the UK Board of Trustees and a native of nearby Hodgenville. “As such, in picking a new president for this institution during a time of both great challenge and opportunity, it’s important to gather input from people throughout our state about what they want to see in their president.”

Although the university has seen its budget cut nine times in the past 10 years, UK has, nevertheless, recorded record-high enrollments, research dollar amounts and new highs in student quality and graduation rates during President Todd’s tenure.

“It is critically important to me that we, as Board and Search Committee members, visit the citizens of the Commonwealth prior to final decisions being made,” said Sheila Brothers, staff representative to the Board of Trustees. “The citizens of Kentucky have a vested interest in the choosing of UK's next president, particularly since the quest for Top 20 status is directly correlated with a improved job opportunities, improved personal health, and an improved economy, overall. I am very much looking forward to hearing a wide variety of opinions.”

A schedule of other visitation sites will be released as scheduling is completed.

Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service
201 Peterson Drive
Elizabethtown, KY 42701-9370

Office Hours
:
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday

Directions:

The Hardin County Cooperative Extension Office is located on the West side of Elizabethtown, on Peterson Drive, next to Jacobi Case-International Equipment Sales

From Louisville:
Take I-65 SOUTH to Exit 94 (HWY 62). At the top of the ramp, make a RIGHT. Follow Hwy 62 all the way through Elizabethtown (about 4.1 miles). After the BP Station/Five Star Food Mart at the stoplight, PETERSON DRIVE is the second street on your right. Make a RIGHT. We are the first driveway on the RIGHT.

From Bowling Green:
Take I-65 North to Exit 91 (Fort Knox, Elizabethtown). Take the WESTERN KENTUCKY PARKWAY (WK) to Exit 136. This is the 31W By-Pass. Take the cloverleaf exit for Hwy. 62. At the bottom of the ramp make a RIGHT. After the BP Station/Five Star Food Mart at the stoplight, PETERSON DRIVE is the second street on your right. Make a RIGHT. We are the first driveway on the RIGHT.

From Paducah:

Take the WESTERN KENTUCKY PARKWAY (WK) to Exit 136.  Turn LEFT at the end of ramp.  This is the 31W By-Pass. Take the cloverleaf exit for Hwy. 62. At the bottom of the ramp make a RIGHT. After the BP Station/Five Star Food Mart at the stoplight, PETERSON DRIVE is the second street on your right. Make a RIGHT. We are the first driveway on the RIGHT.

From Lexington:

Take the BLUEGRASS PARKWAY all the way to I-65 (the end). Take I-65 NORTH to the first exit (EXIT 94 - Elizabethtown HWY 62). Make a LEFT onto HWY 62. Follow Hwy 62 all the way through Elizabethtown (about 4.1 miles). After the BP Station/Five Star Food Mart at the stoplight, PETERSON DRIVE is the second street on your right. Make a RIGHT. We are the first driveway on the RIGHT.

From Fort Knox:

Take 31W SOUTH to the 31W By-Pass. Take the exit for HWY 62 Elizabethtown. At the end of the ramp make a RIGHT. After the BP Station/Five Star Food Mart at the stoplight, PETERSON DRIVE is the second street on your right. Make a RIGHT. We are the first driveway on the RIGHT.

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