Dr. Kate Akers is the executive director for the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). Akers uses her passion for education and Kentucky’s workforce, along with her extensive knowledge of statistics and large data systems, to oversee the daily and strategic planning for the organization. Her primary research areas are statistics, measurement, and quantitative research methods for the social sciences, including evaluation and analysis of longitudinal data. Prior to her role at KCEWS, she worked as the lead researcher in the Office of the Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education, as a research analyst with the Kentucky P-20 Data Collaborative (now KCEWS), and as an agency data fellow with the Strategic Data Project.
(on sabbatical 2017 – 2018)
Office: 123 Margaret I. King Library
Phone: (859) 218-1871
Office: Margaret I. King Library
Phone: (859) 257-9672
Dr. Doug Boyd directs the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries and is a recognized leader regarding oral history, archives, and digital technologies. He recently managed Oral History in the Digital Age, which was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project established current best practices for collecting, curating, and disseminating oral histories. Boyd currently leads the team that envisioned, designed, and is implementing the open-source Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) system, which synchronizes text with audio and video online. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and ethnomusicology from Indiana University and previously served as the manger of the Digital Program for the University of Alabama Libraries, Director of the Kentucky Oral History Commission, and Senior Archivist for the oral history and folklife collections at the Kentucky Historical Society. He authors the blog Digital Omnium: Oral History, Archives and Digital Technologies, is the co-editor of the book Oral History and Digital Humanities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and is the author of the book Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community (University Press of Kentucky, 2011).
Office: Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY
Phone: (502) 273-7403
Dr. James Breslin serves as the Dean of Student Success at Bellarmine University. Dr. Breslin is originally from Louisville, KY, and his academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and an Master of Science and PhD in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky. His interests include student transitions from high school to college, peer-based support programming, college readiness and developmental education, legal issues in higher education, and student cultures on American college campuses. Dr. Breslin has presented more than 30 sessions at regional, national, and international conferences on a variety of topics in the field.
Office: 107 Old Morrison, Transylvania University
Phone: (859) 233-8215
Michael Covert, Transylvania University’s Dean of Students, received his B.A. in Psychology from Transylvania University, his M.S. in Education from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky. He has been at Transylvania University since 1996, with previous experience at Indiana University-Bloomington and Washington University in St. Louis. His primary responsibilities and research interests now focus on student academic issues, retention, and intervention with at-risk students.
Office: KCTCS/Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
Phone: (270) 706-8410
Juston Pate, President of Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, is an experienced leader who recently served as provost at Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC). He previously served as interim president of Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC). During his time at MCTC, Pate also served as chief academic officer, interim academic dean and associate dean of academics. Prior to joining MCTC, Pate was principal of Mason County Area Technology Center and served in various roles for the school district, including teaching there as well as Harlan County High School. Pate earned a doctorate in higher education leadership and organizational development from the University of Louisville. He earned a master’s degree in educational administration and a Rank 1 certificate in instructional leadership from Morehead State University; a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education; and an associate of arts degree from Southeast Community and Technical College.
Office: Centre College, Danville, KY
Phone: (859) 238-5200
Richard Trollinger, who joined Centre in 1994, has more than thirty years of experience in college advancement work. Having retired in 2016 after more than two decades as the College’s chief development officer, he now serves in a part-time capacity as senior philanthropy advisor.
He holds a M.Ed. degree from Vanderbilt University in higher education administration and an M.A. degree from Indiana University in philanthropic studies, and a Ph D. in educational policy studies.
Office: 202B Main Building
Phone: (859) 323-5325
J. Kirsten Turner is Associate Provost for Academic Excellence Operations. In her role, she facilitates and coordinates between the academic administrative units under the Provost Office, including Student and Academic Life, Enrollment Management, UK International Center, Faculty Advancement and the Center for Learning and Teaching.
Turner earned her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree from Hanover College. Her research interests deal with the public benefits of higher education as well as the current state of the American professoriate.
Office: 311 Scott Hall, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Phone: (540) 863-2933
Dr. Benjamin Worth (vita in PDF) is Vice President of Academic Affairs for Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, Virginia. His areas of research interest include distance education, student success, and two-year colleges. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from the University of Kentucky.