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FORMER KENTUCKIAN AND HIGHER ED ADMINISTRATOR RECOMMENDED TO SERVE AS CPE INTERIM PRESIDENT

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
502-573-1555
Cell: 502-330-6596
Sue.Patrick@ky.gov
 


(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Council on Postsecondary Education’s search committee for an interim president will recommend Dr. Richard A. Crofts, of Florida, to the Council at its meeting on Friday. If approved by the Council, Crofts will begin his duties as interim president in mid-June and serve for at least six months while the Council conducts a national search for a permanent president. Crofts will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

“We are extremely pleased to recommend Dr. Crofts as the interim president. He has an impeccable track record in higher education administration at the state and university level, possesses the skill set we were looking for, and comes very highly recommended,” stated Jim Skaggs, chair of the interim president search committee.

Crofts, a graduate of Fern Creek High School in Louisville and Georgetown College, holds a doctorate in reformation history from Duke University. He most recently served as interim commissioner of higher education in Mississippi and has held positions as commissioner and deputy commissioner of higher education of the Montana University System, assistant to the chancellor of the Minnesota State University System, a commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and a member of the executive committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Organization. 

Crofts has also served in many capacities on university campuses, serving as vice president of academic affairs at Mankato State University, associate vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at East Tennessee State University and department chair and faculty member at The University of Toledo.

The search committee sought input from university presidents and national higher education leaders. Those conversations were extremely valuable in guiding the search, said Skaggs.

Council members serving on the Interim President Search Committee include Jim Skaggs, chair, Peggy Bertlesman and Kevin Canafax.

Croft’s curriculum vita is available at http://cpe.ky.gov/committees/interimsearch/May202008MtgAgenda.htm

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