BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- An Augenstein Alumni Center ballroom filled with energy, eclectic questions and optimism for the Hilltopper alum and newly-elected president for WKU, Dr. Timothy Caboni.
"I think the word that comes to mind is 'satisfying.' It's very satisfying with what we feel good about what we've been able to do, and I feel very good about the future of this university in Dr. Caboni's hands, so very satisfied. The past, the present, and the future," WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell stated.
With the start of Doctor Caboni's presidency right around the corner, he says he's ready to build on President Ransdell's success and lead his alma mater.
"My challenge is to walk in the footsteps of one of the great presidents in higher education, and continue that momentum and trajectories in this institution. I'm excited about the opportunities, it's just going to take significant work, and a lot of energy and perhaps some diet soft drinks to keep me going," Dr. Tim Caboni stated.
Going deeper in conversation,Doctor Caboni addressed a passion of his; student life outside the classroom.
"An increasingly important part of that of the 160 hours that students don't spend in class, and I think we need to be intentional by how that connects to creating a culture of completion for the institution, to make sure every student that we recruit, graduates in four years," Caboni mentioned.
And with a public university comes a necessity for openness and inclusion during the good times and the tough times.
"I'm going to be transparent, and open, and collaborative. And, actions are louder than words. So I want to make sure folks know that if they want to talk to me, I'm there to listen. And, I'm here to listen. When we create our strategic plan, we're going to create it together. It's not going to be my vision for the institution, because that doesn't matter what I think. What matters, is what we think, and creating a vision for what we are in the future, and what we aspire to be in the future," Dr. Caboni mentioned.
A presidential mindset and a big homecoming, ready to take over the Hill, coming July first.
"It's good to be back in Bowling Green, it's great to be back at WKU, it's amazing to be home," Dr. Timothy Caboni stated.