For first-year undergraduate students beginning the 2018-19 school year, in-state tuition will be $8,500 and out-of-state tuition will be $19,800. Those numbers will not change for the four years those students are enrolled at KSU.
Of the verbatim responses, 14 that were mentioned at least two times included motivator, engaging speaker, open, forward-looking, personable, student-oriented, transparent, energetic, scholar, charismatic, inclusive, engaging, approachable and willing to listen.
Kentucky State University is looking for a new athletic director, and its list of finalists reads in an interesting fashion.
The candidates are Wheeler Brown, no relation to Kentucky State University President M. Christopher Brown II, who formerly served as athletic director at Jackson State University in Mississippi from 2015 to 2018; Derrick A. Johnson, former director of athletics at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina from 2015 to 2018; Roger K. Ogden, currently the assistant athletic director at Lane College in Tennessee since 2015; Carlton A. Rice, currently the director of athletics at Lawson State Community College in Alabama since 2013 and Trayvean D. Scott, currently executive athletic director at Southern University and A&M College since 2013.
The list breaks down to a choice between five executives all with HBCU experience, with two from Division I, two from Division II and one from a community college. It shows an interesting approach to what the next phase of Thorobred athletics may be, and in some ways, how the future of college athletic administration is changing for some black colleges throughout the country.
KSU is unique because of its geography and resources. It is a historically black college with a neutral racial composition, nearly evenly divided among black and white students and faculty. It is smack in the middle of the highway connecting Lexington and Louisville, cities hosting the state’s biggest collegiate sports brands.
Like most HBCUs, Kentucky State is competing for large-scale relevance in the shadows of large flagship institutions with slim budgets and but with surprising fan support. But unlike most HBCUs, KSU has to navigate building recruiting pipelines, marketing, and institutional support for a campus that has a few more white people than your average black college community.
Kentucky State is not alone in this challenge. Lincoln University of Missouri, Bluefield State College and West Virginia State University, Delaware State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore have similar objectives. They are charged with supercharging their athletic culture with all of the trappings an HBCU gameday experience has to offer in person and on YouTube, while being inclusive and representative of diverse groups of people both on, and interested in coming to their campuses.
These schools aren’t like other HBCUs where the majority of the white students you’ll see are on the baseball or softball team; they are a part of the full campus experience, and bring just as much loyalty to HBCU pride as black students bring, and as much concern as black students have for shortcomings real and perceived. This matters a lot for the SIAC, which has carved out a niche as the nation’s most progressive HBCU conference in business dealings, and the most socially aware sports brand we have.
It also speaks to the core of what athletics means to an academic enterprise, and how schools should use athletics to build that enterprise. It is a gear in the machine that builds legislative and corporate relationships, school pride, and market share in local media space. It can increase applications, gifts and revenues when a school invests in sports, or it can sink an operational budget if it all goes wrong.
But those are the macro-level considerations for Thorobred sports. What is Kentucky State actually looking for in a new AD? Is it someone who can keep the ship afloat with familiarity in the Division II space? Is it someone who can position the school for a possible move to Division I? Or is it someone who can maintain a level of competitiveness in the face of reduced resources?
That’s what the finalist list appears to be seeking. Brown has been productive in big-time roles at North Carolina A&T and Jackson State, but departed both campuses under controversial headlines. Ogden is a former sports information director turned AD after an executive resignation at Lane. The others appear to have solid backgrounds, with Scott having an advantage of the best headline leading into final interviews concerning Southern’s Academic Progress Rate rebirth.
Kentucky State may be a small school in the middle of NCAA Power 5 country, but it is also one of a handful of institutions that will have to balance historically black history and expectations with predominantly white demographic trends, while trying to survive in a treacherous era of budget cuts and policy change within higher education at large.
This AD search and what it will yield in personnel management and academic support are going to be a model for other campuses searching for pathways to prominence while balancing the delicate prospect of race and culture.
Kentucky State University Vice-Provost of Graduate Studies and Academic Specialization Kristen Broady discusses her latest research on minority job prospects in the age of automation, and the value of HBCUs in industrial training.
Kentucky State University Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Kristen Broady says that minorities are at increased risk of losing jobs to automation in the next 20 years.
Officials at Kentucky State University this week announced a unique designation for the university and HBCU culture at large; the Bluegrass state’s flagship public HBCU is among the most diverse in the nation in student and faculty composition, with representation from African Americans and Caucasians split evenly among both groups.
Remarks delivered to open the inaugural symposium of Kentucky State University Atwood Institute on Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal.
Welcome to the Inaugural Symposium of the Atwood Institute for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal. The symposium, like the institute, is the vision of our 18th president and the institute’s founder, Dr. M. Christopher Brown II. I am Crystal A. deGregory, the institute’s director.
Any success the Atwood enjoys today is undoubtedly due to many, many more people, like the leadership and staff of the offices of Student Enrollment and Brand Identity, as well as Public Engagement and Community Outreach, Student Affairs, Information Technology, Public Safety, and the Office of the President whose names do not appear on the Atwood’s masthead; conversely, any shortcomings are mine alone. I ask your patience as we attempt to bring something larger than ourselves to bear.
Because ours is a courageous vision that sees beyond both the proverbial city and the smoke to continue our campus’ reach onward beyond its outer limits, upward beyond its surrounding environs, and forward to the world.
And not just to the world, but into the kind of world we each deserve; a world where each and every human being has the opportunity, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, or geography to access the promises of the transformative powers of education and of the democratic ideal.
I say the democratic ideal because at the Atwood Institute, we are clear to make the distinction that the revolutionary notion of democracy was not enough to free those theologian and mystic Howard Thurman referred to as “the disinherited” from the shackles of slavery, or from the manacles of a failed Reconstruction, or from the second-class citizenship of Jim Crow.
It was not merely the notion of democracy, but of the lofty pursuit of the promise of the democratic ideal which forced black people, many of them not more than children themselves, students at black colleges including Kentucky State, into restaurants to sit-in, and in doing so to stand-up for the un-cashed check of a more perfect union in which the terror of masked and unmasked vigilantes alike did not bar them from accessing the inalienable rights of life, liberty and justice for all.
For thirty-three years as this institution’s ninth and longest-serving president, Rufus Ballard Atwood used his intellectual acuity and political acumen to make certain that the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s checks to the mission of Kentucky State University were cashed.
A native of Hickman, Kentucky, Atwood had not forgotten the bitterness of an imperfect democracy — the same democracy into which his parents were born enslaved.
I wish to be clear by reiterating, Rufus Ballard Atwood realized his dream of raising Kentucky State to an accredited college, despite the realities, complexities, and limitations of a nation and of a world in which his literal parents, Rufus “Pomp” Atwood and Annie Parker Atwood were once slaves.
He did it here in Kentucky, where, the terror of fifty night riders in Hickman lynched an entire black family of seven — burning them out of their house and gunning them down one, by two, by three — first the father, then the mother holding an infant at her breast, then three small children, with the remaining child, the couple’s eldest son choosing to be burned alive rather than face the fiery mob.
Why were their lives taken? Because the father David Walker was supposedly a “surly negro” who swore “at a white woman.”
Why does this matter? I give you just three reasons.
First, because the consciousness of something like that, happening to a black family with children your age, in the very same city in which you live, does not leave you, ever. Rufus Atwood never forgot it.
Second, because the neighbor of that slain man wished to take his 22 and ½ acre-farm, prior to the killing of he and his family. And upon his murder and that of every person in his household in 1908, an adjacent neighbor absorbed the Walker family’s property, and sold it to another man whose daughter still owed that property as late 2004, some 96 years later.
And third, because respectability and hard work, even a lifetime of it, may not be enough to insulate any one of us from falling victim to a democracy that does not work the same for each and every one of us.
Simply put, if democracy does not work for the least of these — for black men and women (wearing hoodies, selling loose cigarettes, playing with BB guns and while at traffic stops); for Native American and indigenous communities whose plight is longer than the pipelines which run through them; for murdered transgendered women of color whose deaths do no lead off the nightly news; if it does not work for each of them and all of us in the same way in which it works for the occupants of Ivory Towers and of C-Suites at Fortune 500 companies, it does not yet work in all of the ways in which it should.
That is why I am here. That is why you are here. That is why the Atwood Institute exists, and why it bears the name of Rufus Ballard Atwood.
Not because he was a perfect man; not even because he was a great president — perhaps the best this institution has yet known; but because Rufus Ballard Atwood was a good man. And this world needs more good men, and women too.
And nobody should have a problem with that.
FRANKFORT – Kentucky State University has experienced record enrollment growth in its freshmen class. The total number of freshmen enrolled from June 1 (194 students) to the beginning of the fall semester (510 students) showed an extraordinary surge of 162 percent.
Kentucky State University has an obligation to get its money from the places and pockets where its story is most likely to resonate. In America’s heartland, Billy Ray Cyrus is not a bad draw for that cause as country music fans around the nation are celebrating the 25th anniversary of his hit, ‘Achy Breaky Heart.’
He has resonance with those fans, and clearly some allegiance to Kentucky State as a native of the commonwealth. So why wouldn’t Kentucky’s flagship HBCU with an increasingly diverse historically black campus bridge the two realities for its benefit?
In a perfect world for many HBCU advocates, Cyrus heading up philanthropic efforts for one of our schools is a slap in the face of our missions, values, alumni, students, ancestors and likely a few other black folks.
But a bigger slap in the face to all of those groups would be to miss an opportunity for high-level advancement over race, something dangerously sacred in this country but which can be trivialized in a heartbeat when attached to the prospect of money.
One of the dumbest sayings in American cultural lexicon is ‘transcending race.’ The term is usually used to describe the work and acceptance of some uber talented black person, who was not held back by his or her race. In these examples, its not that a black person transcended their identity, it is that society transcended its own biases to appreciate talent and the ways in which it can be monetized.
Racial transcendence is a lie, but it’s one that Simpson believed in deeply. In the first installment of “O.
Predominantly white institutions have been transcending race for decades now – to the tune of billions of dollars from black students who believe in the idea of racial transcendence, and who spend to match the concept.
But every time HBCUs try their hand at this concept, they are attacked by black people for racial betrayal and yearning for a place in the white man’s heart. Sometimes, even fake HBCU experts join in and try to convince us to be less than strategic about advancing our own causes.
We can continue to pretend that more than one out of every ten black students is attending HBCUs, that our trustees will one day leverage their personal wealth and professional connections to help us out, that our alumni have transformational wealth, or that antiquated forms of fundraising will work.
Some of us can pretend to resent white people attending and teaching at HBCUs, while earning our graduate degrees and angling to send our children to PWIs. And we can pretend that we don’t have to broker with racists in the White House and that we’ll make it 150 years being the best-kept secret in higher education.
Or we can call Billy Ray.
In an interview explaining his sudden retirement decision, Norfolk State University President Eddie Moore said that his personal health and the university’s need for more energy were key factors.
NORFOLK Eddie N. Moore Jr., Norfolk State University’s president and CEO who was formally inaugurated a year ago, plans to retire by the end of the year. He became interim president in September 2013 and signed a two-year contract early last year to take over.
But he also summed up the biggest challenge for HBCUs of the 21st century:
“It is an arms race in higher ed, and we’re at the tail end of the arms race,” he said. “We really need to increase our capabilities with nonstate money to remain competitive.”
Alumni donations will not be enough because there aren’t enough alumni with enough disposable income. Corporate donations won’t be enough because it will be harder to score big money from big companies away from big predominantly white institutions with their own shrinking budgets.
The key will be HBCUs expanding or creating their own business auxiliary opportunities. How can we live beyond the bookstore, parking passes and police-issued tickets? The answer may not be as difficult as it seems.
Two years ago, former Fort Valley State University president Ivelaw Griffith talked about the school’s efforts to bring its agricultural extension programs to commercial market in the surrounding region.
Kentucky State University will next month open a gift shop in a downtown Frankfort hotel temporarily housing students as a result of an influx of first-year student enrollment this fall.
“Every time someone comes to the state for business, they will see a Kentucky State University gift shop in the Capital Plaza Hotel,” KSU President M. Christopher Brown II told board members.
Six years ago, Hampton University purchased the tallest building in Hampton’s downtown area, which has added to the school’s portfolio of commercial space generating leasing revenue, residential and conference space.
Jackson State University’s One University Place is a valuable anchor for residential and commercial expansion in and around downtown Jackson, MS.; and is a revenue booster for a university in need of cash flow.
When this newspaper started 15 years ago this week, promising a rising creative class in Jackson on its cover, the capital city was a different place that nearly everyone said they wanted to leave. Jackson was the butt of suburban jokes, and its champions were always on the defensive. Not fun.
Other schools like North Carolina Central University have established or are in the process of establishing tech and entrepreneurial space to create synergy between the academic enterprise and entrepreneurial development for external communities.
These are just a few examples of revenue building beyond tuition and fees, but it will take much more development from more historically black campuses to lessen the impact of higher education’s bursting bubble on HBCU communities nationwide.