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Frankfurt State Journal. December 7, 2021.

Editorial: What qualities should KSU look for in a new president?

What qualities should Kentucky State University be looking for in its next president? What are the challenges and opportunities that the new president will face? These are two of the questions the new KSU Presidential Search Committee will seek answers to in its first public forum via Zoom on Wednesday.

The 11 members of the research committee – Kentucky Council on Post Secondary Education Vice President and General Counsel Travis Powell, faculty representatives Dr Jens Hannemann and Dr Peter Smith, staff Christopher Cribbs and Paul Cable, representatives students Savion Briggs and Jiya Alcorn, KSU Representatives of the National Alumni Association, Richard Graves and Donald Lyons, the community representative, the City of Frankfort Commissioner, Katrisha Waldridge, and the local K-12 educator year, Paul Thompson, will host the Public Forum Wednesday at 3 pm in the Carl H. Smith Auditorium at David H. Bradford Hall.

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The public responses will help Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting – the firm hired to help with the presidential research – in developing a leadership profile that the committee will adopt as part of the announcement to be published to attract presidential candidates.

“We’re going to be producing a job profile, it’s a four or five page document,” said Kenny Daugherty, president of Myers McRae. “It’s four rooms. It’s about the institution, it’s about the job, it’s about your qualifications for the job, and it’s about Frankfurt and the region. This is the foundation of our recruiting because this is who you tell us we want you to recruit.

The session will also be broadcast via Zoom – at https://kysu.zoom.us/s/95604050702 – and listeners can submit comments for the meeting moderator to read during the meeting. Comments can also be submitted by email to [email protected]

The Frankfort / Franklin County community is invited to participate in a community conversation regarding KSU’s presidential research at a town hall-style meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. The community can also follow the meeting via the Facebook page of the City of Frankfurt and on cable 10.

At its first meeting last week, the presidential search committee also discussed the possibility of conducting a survey to gather feedback from the KSU community and local residents. The goal is for the search committee to approve a presidential profile by December 17.

Former K-State President Dr M. Christopher Brown II resigned on July 20. Clara Ross Stamps is the current Interim President.

We encourage KSU stakeholders and the local community to take this opportunity to share their ideas with the Presidential Research Committee and make their voices heard.

Ashland Daily Independent. December 3, 2021.

Editorial: Happy New Year for Farmers

Kentucky’s agriculture industry has delivered good numbers this year, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, low commodity prices and global trade struggles.

Statewide farm cash receipts this year are expected to exceed $ 6.7 billion, eclipsing the record $ 6.5 billion set in 2014; the average for the past five years has been $ 5.5 billion.

Kentucky’s net farm income – the amount left after spending by farmers – is expected to approach $ 2.5 billion in 2021, which would be the highest level since 2013.

British agricultural economist Will Snell said the national agricultural economy has developed in the same way that the state’s agricultural economy has prospered.

Strong agricultural yields, increased grain exports, lower production costs and favorable weather conditions have combined to create near-perfect production conditions.

In Kentucky, corn, soybeans and poultry were the state’s main agricultural commodities, accounting for 18% of all forecasted sales. The horse industry arrives at 16% and the cattle at 11%.

While we can celebrate the success of farmers now, things may not stay on the upside in the months to come. Production costs are expected to increase on the farm.

“Farm input costs are likely to increase by double digits in 2022, with much higher prices for fuel, fertilizer and feed,” Snell said. “The costs of labor and supplies continue to be a concern, not only among farmers, but throughout the food supply chain and the rest of the economy. “

Snell’s predictions give the impression that not only farmers, but consumers as well, will participate in 2022. We hope that turns out to be wrong. We hope that farmers continue to prosper and that consumers can afford to buy groceries.

Daily News from Bowling Green. December 7, 2021.

Editorial: SKYPASS program will benefit many local residents

The arts should never be restricted to one part of the community.

Those were the words last week from Denise Lubey, Director of Development for Arts of Southern Kentucky, when talking about SKyPASS: Arts Access for All – a new program that will provide free tickets to certain arts events to local residents who receive financial assistance. of State .

We agree with Lubey’s sentiments and are delighted that Arts of Southern Kentucky has launched this initiative, which will open the doors of many Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, Kentucky Orchestra, and BG OnStage events for community members. who otherwise could not afford access.

Our first thought upon discovering the SKyPASS program recently was how it has the potential to touch and deeply enrich the lives of children and young adults. SKyPASS membership grants up to four free tickets per household to most performances, creating a pathway into the performing arts that under normal circumstances probably wouldn’t exist for these young people – some of whom might just be drawn to. in the field as a career or as a lifelong passion.

Of course, the program is structured to benefit people of all ages, not just young people.

Elise Charny, director of education for the Arts of Southern Kentucky, said the Boys and Girls Clubs, Housing Authority of Bowling Green, family resource centers, foster care groups and residential centers for the elderly and the assisted are some of the groups that already distribute membership cards.

“We wanted to make sure that SKyPAC is accessible to anyone interested in seeing the best of art in the South Central Kentucky region,” Lubey said of the program’s mission. “Anyone who wants to see art will have the opportunity to do so. We have already seen great community love for the program. People are so excited to come and don’t worry about the costs associated with coming here.

We congratulate Arts of Southern Kentucky for developing the SKyPASS initiative, and look forward to strong participation from eligible residents. Bowling Green and Warren County are a vibrant regional hub for the performing arts, and our community will only be strengthened by expanding access to these events to a larger segment of the population.

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