May 6, 2011

Goal: New Leadership in Place by January 2012

(TOPEKA) – Today the Kansas Board of Regents, in a special meeting, formally accepted the resignation of Emporia State University (ESU) President Michael Lane and initiated the search for ESU’s next president by approving the following steps:

1) The Board directed Chairman Gary Sherrer and Vice Chairman Ed McKechnie to work with President and CEO Andy Tompkins to select the chair and members of the Presidential Search Committee and to bring a recommendation to the Board. The Board recommended the Search Committee be comprised of approximately 15 members representing the following diverse array of university and community constituencies: faculty, staff, student, alumni, endowment, the Board of Regents, and the Emporia community.
2) The Board directed Chairman Sherrer and Vice Chairman McKechnie to work with President and CEO Tompkins to bring a recommendation to the Board for an executive search firm to assist the Search Committee. The Board also directed President and CEO Tompkins to contact the ESU Foundation to enlist its support regarding search firm expenses.
3) According to Board policy, when a state university CEO departs, an external management review of the use and expenditure of non-public, unrestricted funds held by the university or an affiliated corporation of the university and under the direction of the CEO and direct subordinates shall be conducted. Because such a review was conducted in 2009, the Board directed that the review be limited to the period of time following the previous review.
4) The Board directed Chairman Sherrer and Vice Chairman McKechnie to work with President and CEO Tompkins to recommend to the Board an individual to serve as ESU’s Interim President.

“The Board has an obligation to the University, students, faculty, staff, and the community of Emporia to make this search a priority and to move quickly to ensure a smooth and productive transition. Our goal is to have new leadership in place by January 2012,” said Regent Gary Sherrer of Overland Park, the Chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents. “The Board will receive an update and progress report later this month during the May Board meeting.”

Dr. Michael Lane was selected by the Kansas Board of Regents as ESU’s 15th President on September 20, 2006. He began his presidency on November 1, 2006, and served as ESU’s President for four and a half years. Dr. Lane’s resignation is effective June 30, 2011. Yesterday, Chairman Sherrer issued the following statement regarding Dr. Lane’s resignation: “The Board thanks Mike and Peggy for the time, effort, and commitment they’ve made to Emporia State, and we have nothing but the best of wishes for their future success.”


About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents, founded in 1925 and established in the Kansas Constitution, is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. The Board also approves private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.

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