Welcome to the CPE Presidential Search page. The purpose of this page is to provide information to potential candidates and to keep the public updated on the progress. Thank you for your interest in the presidential search process.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) invites nominations and applications for the position of President with an ideal start date in December 2018.
The CPE is a state agency composed of 15 voting members appointed by the Governor. It is responsible for the coordination of a multi-sector, statewide higher education enterprise comprising Kentucky’s public universities and community and technical colleges serving nearly 250,000 students. In addition, the CPE coordinates with Kentucky’s private and independent colleges and universities and licenses private for-profit and nonprofit institutions operating in the state. CPE also facilitates Kentucky’s adult education program, which provides free skill-building services in all 120 counties to prepare adults for credentials, college, and career.
The new CPE President will join Council members, university and college presidents, and the CPE staff in advancing the Council’s mission to enhance the health and well-being of Kentucky’s citizens and strengthen its workforce and economy through increased educational attainment. The Council seeks an individual with the ability to advance its bold vision for higher education captured in "Stronger by Degrees," the 2016-2021 strategic agenda for postsecondary and adult education, and its “60x30 Goal” of 60% of working-age Kentuckians with a degree or credential by 2030. The CPE President serves as the primary advocate for postsecondary education and advisor to the Governor and General Assembly on matters of postsecondary education in Kentucky. New leadership will follow the admirable ten-year service of Robert King.
The Council seeks an individual possessing exceptional qualities of leadership, statesmanship, and an unquestionable commitment to the Council’s vision, mission, and values. The President should be imaginative and forward thinking, a decision-maker who will advance the CPE with collaborative, deliberate actions. The President must implement best practices and develop new ones as both a team-builder and team player with both internal staff and external constituents. The President will engage in creative, hands-on problem solving while carrying out the goals and policies of the CPE in a responsive strategic manner. Building upon the CPE's past accomplishments, the candidate will be a thought-leader and sensitive change-agent who will welcome the challenge and opportunity of leadership.
- Effective, supportive internal leader for the Council on Postsecondary Education balanced by a dynamic external presence statewide;
- Transformative and resourceful management style with a vision for the long-term success of the CPE;
- Proven success in fiscal oversight, budget planning, and funding models;
- Capacity to be nimble, responsive, and forthcoming in a complex political milieu, developing and sustaining positive relationships with state officials, campus leadership, policymakers, and the public;
- Knowledge of governing board responsibilities to support both the CPE and public university and community and technical college system governing bodies, merging institutional directions and statewide policies;
- Politically astute with the ability to coordinate interconnected missions in P-12 education, business, workforce, and state agency goals;
- Understanding of national higher education issues and trends and their impact on Kentucky;
- Inspirational, personable, and genuine with excellent engagement, listening, and communication skills;
- Significant senior-level administrative experience in a higher education, government, or business setting;
- Experience as a professional in the field of postsecondary education; and
- An excellent academic and administrative background with an earned terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education (preferred).
Applications and Nominations
Applications and nominations for the President of the Council on Postsecondary Education should be received by September 4, 2018. Responses must include a letter of interest addressing the qualifications described (not more than 3 pages); a current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and the names of five professional references with each person's position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. In consideration of confidentiality, references would be contacted only in the later stages of the search.
The search is being assisted by James McCormick, Tom Layzell, and Janice Fitzgerald, Executive Search Consultants. Contact may be made at email@example.com, 651-238-5188; firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-691-0462; or email@example.com, 717-580-0663. Responses should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, ancestry, age, disability, political affiliation, genetic information, or veteran status in accordance with state and federal laws.
The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is nationally known for its Strategic Agenda, which continues to drive significant progress and reforms to increase educational attainment, improve the health and well-being of citizens, and strengthen the workforce and economy. As outlined in this master plan, the Council strives to accomplish these goals through innovative, high-quality and research-based strategies that will improve student opportunity and success.
The Council's goal is to raise educational attainment of the working-age population to 60 percent by 2030 through high-demand workforce certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor's and above. The most recent Progress Report showed that Kentucky is ahead of its goal.
Working with campuses, the Council has facilitated several high-impact initiatives: a new Statewide Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to increase the success of underrepresented minority, low-income and underprepared students; advancing the corequisite model for students in need of developmental education; and a performance funding model that was endorsed by all campus presidents, received bipartisan legislative support and signed into law by the Governor last year.
Established as part of the education reforms set forth in the Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997, the Council on Postsecondary Education is Kentucky's statewide postsecondary and adult education coordinating agency.
The CPE is the state’s coordinating agency for colleges, universities and local adult education centers. We work with campuses and adult education centers to improve educational opportunity and raise educational attainment to build a stronger workforce, economy and quality of life for Kentuckians.
- Council roles and responsibilities
- Council membership
- Council executive leadership
- Council's organizational structure
- Council funding overview
About Kentucky Higher Education
- Kentucky's 60x30 goal
- Kentucky's 2016-21 Strategic Agenda for Postsecondary and Adult Education
- Kentucky's public institutions
- Quick facts about Kentucky's postsecondary education institutions
Kentucky's Plan for Economic Development
One of Governor Matt Bevin's key priorities is for Kentucky to become the epicenter of engineering and manufacturing excellence in America. Toward that end, Bevin has launched several education initiatives, including the Work Ready Skills Initiative, a $100 million partnership program among businesses, employers and educational institutions to expand career and technical education programs across the state. Kentucky has also expanded dual credit opportunities, stackable certificates and apprenticeship programs, as well as promoting alignment of curriculum to workplace skills.
- Governor's priorities for economic development
- Why Kentucky for economic development
- Kentucky's workforce initiatives
Living in Kentucky
From horse racing and bourbon, to the culture of Appalachia, bluegrass music and Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky is a state rich with deep traditions, important history and authentic heritage.
- Living in Kentucky
- Top employers in Kentucky
- About Kentucky's capital city, Frankfort
- Kentucky tourism
The Council's role in presidential selection is outlined in KRS 164.103.
- July 17 – Presidential search to launch, including print and online advertisements
- September 4 – Deadline for applications
- Early October – Interviews with semi-finalists
- October/November – Selection of president-elect
Search Committee Membership
This committee oversees the CPE presidential search process, including identifying and evaluating candidates, and making a recommendation to the full board.
- Ron Beal, chair
- Ben Brandstetter
- Robert Staat
- Kim Halbauer
- Donna Moore
- Shawn Reynolds
- Sebastien Torres
- Michael Benson, Eastern Kentucky University president
- Sherrill Zimmerman, ex-officio
Search Committee Meetings
Note: Meeting minutes must be approved in a consequent meeting before posting. may be some delay in access.
|Date||Committee Name & Location||Agenda||Minutes|
|June 21, 2018||
Council Offices, Conference Room A
|May 24, 2018||
Council Offices, Conference Room A
|May 14, 2018||
Council Offices, Conference Room A
For questions about CPE's presidential search, contact the Council's General Counsel, Travis Powell, at email@example.com.