Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Appoints Members to the Kentucky State University Board of Regents

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 01, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

New appointee is Homeland Security specialist, KSU grad

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed one new member to the Kentucky State University (KSU) Board of Regents and reappointed one other.

Joel M. Schrader, of Frankfort, is the deputy director for intergovernmental affairs of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.  He is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer and most recently served as senior duty officer and CIA representative to the White House Situation Room.  Schrader holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from KSU and is married to Lourdes Baez-Schrader.

Karen W. Bearden, of Frankfort, is a self-employed management consultant.  Bearden received a bachelor’s degree in merchandising from Eastern Kentucky University, a master’s degree in student personnel from Illinois State University and a doctorate in education from the University of Louisville.  She is a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and a variety of professional organizations and associations.  Her father, Dr. William Bearden, served on the faculty and as a department chair at KSU from 1970-87.  She is married to Mitchell H. Payne.

The KSU Board of Regents is made up of eight members appointed by the Governor and three other members, including a teaching faculty representative, a non-teaching employee representative and the student body president.