WKU Regents Award Stevens Provost Emeritus Status and Approve Graduate Certificate

The Western Kentucky University Board of Trustees voted to award Provost Emeritus status to Dr. Cheryl Stevens at its quarterly meeting on Thursday, May 5. Stevens served as Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WKU from April 2019 until his sabbatical in July. 1, 2021. Prior to her role as Acting Provost, she served as Dean of Ogden College of Science and Engineering for seven years.

The Regents also approved a Postgraduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management to be offered by the Gordon Ford College of Business. Dr Christopher Shook, Dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business, said the certificate will meet current labor market needs and help regional partners develop a talent pipeline. “This degree is in high demand by local industries. This is a key part of our strategy moving forward,” he told the Regents.

The board approved a new facility for WKU’s softball and football programs. Currently, no program has on-site locker rooms or indoor training facilities. Among the practice areas, the facility will house batting cages. The project will be funded by exit fees paid to WKU by outgoing Conference USA members as well as funds generated by the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation. No expenses will be paid from state funds.

Susan Howarth, WKU’s executive vice president for strategy, operations and finance, and Provost Bud Fischer provided an update on WKU’s recent compensation analysis. They explained that the first phase of the study was to identify and address the compensation of employees who fall below the minimum range of their pay band, with a minimum increase of $1,000 and a maximum of $10,000.

In other cases, the Board of Regents:

  • Approved Professor Emeritus Status for Dr. James Gary (Engineering and Applied Science) and Emeritus Staff Status for Dr. Ladonna Hunton (Associate Vice President)
  • Approved a number of routine staff actions that went through administrative channels and were implemented by Human Resources between 01/01/2022 and 03/20/2022
  • Philanthropic Naming Request Approved for Robert “RB” and Bobbye Belwood Brown Turf at ROTC Physical Training Ground

The Board of Regents will then meet on June 10, 2022 to hold committee meetings as well as a special budget meeting.

Contact: Jace Lux, (270) 745-4295


Western Kentucky University prides itself on positioning its students, faculty, and staff for long-term success. As a student-centered, applied research university, WKU helps students expand classroom learning by integrating education with real-world applications in the communities we serve. Our hilltop campus is located in Bowling Green, Kentuckywhich was recently named by Reader’s Digest as one of America’s Most Beautiful Cities, just an hour’s drive from Nashville, Tennessee.

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