Gary Ransdell reflects on time at WKU

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Dr. Gary Ransdell reflected on the past 19 years in his final convocation address as Western Kentucky University’s President, and asked faculty and staff to join him for the last chapter.

Ransdell said in his final 10 months as president he would focus on defining a performance funding model for higher education in Kentucky; bringing a University of Kentucky Medical School to Bowling Green as part of a growing partnership between WKU, UK and The Medical Center of Bowling Green; addressing student persistence and retention; embarking on a $120 million upgrade of WKU residence halls; and awarding a new dining contract that would include renovation of the Garrett Conference Center.

“As I indicated in my campus message last January when I announced my retirement, I intend to quicken my pace and double up my efforts to achieve as much as possible before turning the reins over to my successor on July 1, 2017,” Dr. Ransdell said.

Ransdell said he had every intention of leaving his successor with “an institution which has a stable enrollment, high academic quality, a rebuilt campus, good positioning in a state performance funding model and a campus ready to launch its next capital campaign.”

Ransdell thanked his wife, Julie, for her dedication and service to the campus community and to their family.

“This job has always been about WKU for both of us,” Dr. Ransdell said. “This is where Julie and I wanted to be, where our passions have been and will always be.”

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