Kentucky State University http://wfpl.org en Kentucky State University's President Is Retiring http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-universitys-president-retiring <p>Mary Evans Sias&nbsp;will retire this summer as president of Kentucky State University.</p><p>Sias, a Jackson, Mississippi, native, has led the historically black university for 10 years.</p><p>In a statement, Sias said: &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“While there is always more that could be done, now seems like the right time to step aside and let the next person provide the momentum to continue to move the needle forward for KSU.”</span></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 16:48:33 +0000 Joseph Lord 9315 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State University's President Is Retiring Noise and Notes: Kentucky State President Mary Evans Sias on Historically Black Colleges' Challenges http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-kentucky-state-president-mary-evans-sias-historically-black-colleges-challenges <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F78591459&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=A6AB95" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Kentucky State University President Mary Evans Sias is warning the 127-year-old institution faces serious challenges, and will have to change to survive.</p><p>Located in the bosom of the commonwealth’s capital, K-State is a <a href="http://www.kysu.edu/about/heritage/">historically black college with a proud tradition</a> that counts the late Urban League President Whitney Young among its alumni.</p><p>As of late K-State has seen a significant drop in enrollment as it has weathered state budget cuts and the national recession.</p><p>As <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2013/01/27/2492340/mary-evans-sias-ksu-must-change.html">Sias writes</a>:</p><blockquote><p>As we expected, in May of 2012, our graduation rate hit a low of 14 percent, down substantially from 2003. That enrollment decline resulted in a $4.8 million loss of revenue for the year.</p><p> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 03:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3909 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Kentucky State President Mary Evans Sias on Historically Black Colleges' Challenges