Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher appoints member to the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 19, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

John W. Bizzack accepts appointment

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has announced the appointment of John W. Bizzack to the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents.

 “John Bizzack is known across the state for his dedication to Kentucky’s police community and judicial system,” said Governor Fletcher. “These years of experience in law enforcement will be a tremendous asset to EKU.”

A Lexington resident, Bizzack graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1971, completing his undergraduate degree with a major in police administration and a minor in political science. In 1993, he received his doctorate in administration and management from Walden University in Minneapolis. There, he specialized in criminal justice administration.

Twenty-five of Bizzack’s 32 years of public service in the criminal justice field were spent with the Lexington Police Department. Bizzack retired from that position in 1996 with the rank of captain.

Bizzack was honored for his dedication to criminal justice when the Justice Cabinet and the EKU Board of Regents authorized the naming of a new facility on the EKU campus – the John W. Bizzack Law Enforcement Complex – after him.

Currently, Bizzack serves as commissioner in the Kentucky Justice Cabinet’s Department of Criminal Justice Training. He was appointed to that position in 1996.

Bizzack has received more than 200 commendations, letters of merit and recognitions for his work and civic service. He remains active with various state boards, local boards, task forces and non-profit community organizations dealing with issues facing policing and other areas of the criminal justice system.

“I am pleased with the confidence Governor Fletcher has shown in appointing me to this board," Bizzack said. "I look forward to working with the board of regents and with (EKU) President (Joanne) Glasser toward the goals she, the governor and the board wish to achieve.”

Bizzack and his wife, Carole Phillips Bizzack, have two children.

On June 21, the bipartisan Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee delivered a list of nominees for gubernatorial appointment for each university governing board to the Governor. Appointees were chosen from a list of nominees. Each gubernatorial appointment will serve a term of six years.

Bizzack replaces Fred Rice, whose term expired June 30. Bizzack’s term expires June 30, 2011.