WKU resident Caboni marks 11th day in office with meet and greet

Published: Jul. 11, 2017 at 7:33 PM CDT
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Tuesday night, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce welcomed guests for a meet and greet with Western Kentucky University's new President, Dr. Timothy Caboni.

President Caboni sat down with us for a one-on-one interview about his thoughts on his first few days in office and what he plans for the future.

"I had five months really to think about what it meant to be President here at WKU, and the title -- while still exciting, has begun to feel a little more natural to me," he says.

"What happens is, you have the excitement of the naming day, which is one of the high points in my life. This is something I've dreamed about, and having to ability to come back home and lead an institution that was so important in my own life -- not just any university -- but my alma mater, has been just terrific," adds Dr. Caboni.

He says honestly, the work ahead of him is more exciting than the title.

"We have some important work to do, and I'm glad to be -- at least on day number 11 of the job -- working to improve the University and we have a lot to do, but it's going to be fun," President Caboni tells 13 News.

As for that bow-tie, Dr. Caboni says, "You know, I grew up in the South. I grew up in New Orleans. There are folks who've know me for a decade or two who have seen me in nothing but a bow-tie, so I think that it's not something special for Western."

Although he does add, "I did have to leave those blue bow-ties behind [from when he worked at The University of Kansas] and you're going to see a lot of red these days -- Hilltopper red."

President Caboni says he's most looking forward to the impact on students.

"To change students' lives. Great universities, done well, create experiences that transform individuals -- help them think differently about their life, how they invest their lives and what their aspirations are. And for me, there's nothing more exciting than coming back to a place that was so influential in my life, and see if we can do that for others. That's a tremendous gift to me, to work on that for the next several years," says Dr. Caboni.

He also says he hopes to "maintain the excellence" of the Gatton Academy on campus and has goals to draw students not only to WKU but to the Bowling Green community as a whole.