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Regents Name Interim ESU President

Ken Hush, Emporia State interim president, speaks at podium during Kossover Tennis Complex ribbon cutting

A communication sent to students, faculty and staff of Emporia State University.

November 17, 2021

The Kansas Board of Regents in its action meeting today, Wednesday, November 17, 2021, approved three components related to the search for our next president. The actions are:

  1. Appointed Ken Hush as interim president;
  2. Approved a confidential search process; and
  3. Named AGB Search as the consultant.

Here is the full text of the Regents’ news release, which is also available here:

The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) voted today to appoint Ken Hush as interim president of Emporia State University.

“Ken Hush possesses a passion for Emporia State and brings extensive leadership experience to the role of interim president,” said KBOR Chair Cheryl Harrison-Lee. “I am thankful that he is willing to take on the responsibility and steward the university during this transitional period.”

“I am honored and humbled to be the interim president of the university from which I graduated in the community in which I grew up,” said Interim President Hush. “I am excited for the opportunity to work with students, faculty and staff to make ESU better, stronger and a place where excellence is a constant goal.”

Hush is a graduate of Emporia State and was inducted into the ESU Athletics Hall of Honor in 1995. He previously served as chairman of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees and on the Wichita State University Board of Trustees.

The search process for university CEOs is handled by the Kansas Board of Regents. As the board announces progress, we will share that information with the campus community.