Capilouto Hosts Panel of University Presidents
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto hosted a panel with three of his regional counterparts at the city's Hyatt Regency today.
Dr. M. Dwaine Green of Georgetown College, Dr. Michael Benson of Eastern Kentucky University, and Dr. John Marsden of Midway College spoke about a variety of topics.
Much of the discussion focused on the Bluegrass's strong commitment to higher education and the challenges facing students in the current economy. Dr. Marsden spoke about a college's need to "match the market with the mission." He suggested they consider new tech-oriented specializations (such as health information, social media and cyber security) so that students could find new career options. Dr Benson also emphasized a continued need for the liberal arts, saying that employers still want students who can "think critically, write, communicate, and have empathy."
Other topics included the challenge of administering faith based-institutions (particularly relevant to Dr. Greene and Dr. Marsden), alumni donations, and adapting to nontraditional students. Above all, Dr. Capilouto stressed the need for continued investment in higher education.
"Education is, as data show, the strongest predictor of health and wealth in a community and also with individuals. The criticality of investing now in this country, when we face many competing needs, I think is getting greater and greater every day," he said.
The panel was part of Good Morning Bluegrass, a breakfast series sponsored by CommerceLexington. Additional information is available at their website. and a video of the event can be found on YouTube.