Regents officials sit down at KVOE following Emporia State forum

Board of Regents Chair Fred Logan is pleased with the direction of Emporia State University.

Logan and Regents President and CEO Andy Tompkins stopped at KVOE on Tuesday following an open forum on higher education issues at Emporia State University.

Logan credited the leadership of ESU President Dr. Michael Shonrock and the university administration for reversing a recent enrollment slide.

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During the forum, Logan fielded a wide variety of questions, including concerns about funding. Logan says the state of higher education is "fabulous," especially after Kansas residents "gave a vote of confidence" to Regents schools in two different ways.

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Logan understands the financial concerns on campus, especially after Emporia State had its budget cut $1.5 million for this fiscal year and another $1.3 million for next fiscal year beginning in July. Logan says the Regents are pushing to have all cuts restored, especially for wages and salaries. He is optimistic lawmakers will address the Emporia State situation when the 2014 legislative session begins in January.

Logan and Tompkins also discussed the Regents' strategic plan known as Foresight 2020. You can hear the full interview on KVOE's On-Air Chat at 10:06 am Wednesday. We'll have more about Foresight 2020 during our newscasts later this week on KVOE and KVOE.com.

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