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Governor Fletcher Appoints EKU President to the Southern Regional Education Board
Press Release Date:  June 23, 2004
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche
Jason Keller

Joanne Glasser Appointed by Governor Fletcher

Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today the appointment of Eastern Kentucky University President Joanne Glasser to the Southern Regional Education Board. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the nation’s first interstate compact for education, was created in 1948 by Southern states. SREB helps government and education leaders work cooperatively to advance education and, in doing so, improve the social and economic life of the region.

“Joanne Glasser has done a superb job at EKU,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “Her talents and experiences, particularly at building collaborative relationships with Kentucky’s elected leaders are worthy of sharing with fellow educators from throughout the South.”

Joanne K. Glasser is the 10th President of Eastern Kentucky University. In addition to being EKU's first female president, Glasser also served as Vice Chair of the Ohio Valley Conference's Presidents this year, and became a member of the OVC's first female leadership team. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, President Glasser has brought to Eastern nearly 30 years of executive level experience within the areas of public higher education, government, and legal affairs. Before joining EKU, President Glasser served as Executive Vice President at Towson University in Maryland. President Glasser holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from George Washington University; a Juris Doctorate Degree from The University of Maryland School of Law; and a Certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Institute of Education Management.

SREB assists state leaders by directing attention to key issues; collecting, compiling and analyzing comparable data; and conducting broad studies and initiating discussions that help states and institutions form long-range plans, actions and policy proposals. SREB’s members include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

SREB is governed by a board that consists of the governor of each member state and four people that he or she appoints, including at least one state legislator and at least one educator. SREB is supported by appropriations from its member states and by funds from private companies, foundations, and state and federal agencies.

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