Board of Regents names Ken Hush as next president of Emporia State University

Kansas Board of Regents names Ken Hush as 18th President of Emporia State University.
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 6:19 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas Board of Regents has named Ken Hush as the next president of Emporia State University.

Hush has served as the interim president of ESU since November 2021 following the departure of former president Allison Garrett. He will assume the new permanent role immediately.

“It has been an honor serving my alma mater as interim president, and I’m excited to continue as permanent president,” said Hush. “Emporia State’s mission is vital to our region and the state of Kansas. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, alumni and our partners in the community to continue serving students and growing our economy.”

Hush said it was the honor of a lifetime to be able to serve his alma mater in this position and he is committed to making the university one of excellence.

The 9-member board governs the six public universities in Kansas and serves as the coordinating board for the 32 public higher education institutions in the state.

“I am excited that the Regents have named Ken Hush the next president of Emporia State University,” said KBOR Chair Cheryl Harrison-Lee. “As an alumnus, Ken has a passion for Emporia State and the students here, and he has done an outstanding job as interim president. He is a proven leader with a track record of leading large successful teams, leveraging data and making informed decisions to improve organizations.”

The meeting took place at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning in the Preston Family Room at Memorial Union on the campus of Emporia State and was open to the public.

Hush takes the place of Dr. Allison Garrett who left ESU to become the Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

Hush also graduated from Emporia State University and was inducted into the ESU Athletics Hall of Honor in 1995 and previously served as chairman of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees and on the Wichita State University Board of Trustees.

Before he assumed his current role, KBOR said Hush served as CEO of BLI Rentals, as president and in several executive roles at Koch Minerals and Carbon, and as General Manager and Director at Senior Commodity Company.

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