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Governor Ernie Fletcher Makes Appointment to the Kentucky State University Board of Regents
Press Release Date:  October 4, 2004
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche
Jason Keller

Dr. Karen Bearden Appointed by Governor Fletcher

Frankfort, KY: Recognizing over a quarter-century of leadership to Kentucky State University by the Bearden Family, Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today the appointment of Dr. Karen Bearden of Frankfort to the KSU Board of Regents. Dr. Bearden has over twenty years of leadership experience in areas which include change management, performance management, organizational development and strategic planning.

Appointed by two previous administrations to higher education boards (UofL and NKU), Dr. Bearden is the daughter of long-time KSU Professor of Industrial Arts, William Bearden. She is currently a self-employed Management Consultant specializing in employee relations, organizational development management training, and strategies for effective labor relations and strategic planning.

Dr. Bearden has a wealth of higher education experience as she has served as an Instructor in the African American Leadership Institute in the School of Business at Bellarmine University, and taught Educational Psychology courses at Indiana University Southeast and the University of Louisville. Additionally, Dr. Bearden taught graduate courses on effective leadership at Spalding University. Bearden also serves on numerous civic boards and organizations including the Governor’s Commission on Quality and Efficiency, Board of Directors of the African American Strategic Planning Group, Board of Directors of Greater Louisville, Inc., and the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

“Dr. Bearden has a deep passion for Kentucky State University and I am confident her extensive personal and professional experiences and relationships will benefit the University and our great Commonwealth,” stated Governor Ernie Fletcher.

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