WKU Administrative Council
The WKU Administrative Council is comprised of the University President and his 11 senior administrators including the vice presidents for Academic Affairs, Research, Student Affairs, Campus Services and Facilities, Development and Alumni Relations, Finance and Administration, Information Technology and Public Affairs as well as the Athletic Director, Chief Diversity Officer and Chief of Staff/General Counsel. These individuals report to the President and are responsible for working together to determine University policy and provide strategic leadership and oversight of all functions of the institution.
Dr. Gary A. Ransdell, President
Mr. Howard Bailey, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Gordon C. Baylis, Vice President for Research
Ms. Kathryn R. Costello, Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations
Dr. A. Gordon Emslie, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Ms. K. Ann Mead, Vice President for Finance & Administration
Dr. Richard Miller, Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer
Mr. John Osborne, Vice President for Campus Services & Facilities
Dr. Robert Owen, Vice President for Information Technology
Mr. Todd Stewart, Director of Athletics
Ms. Robbin Taylor, Vice President for Public Affairs
Ms. Deborah T. Wilkins, Chief of Staff / General Council
WKU University Ombuds Officer:
The Ombuds Officer serves as an available information source and point of communication for faculty and staff who believe they may have a personal grievance regarding an alleged violation, misinterpretation or improper application of university policies and procedures or alleged improper treatment.
University Ombuds Officer:
Dr. Karl Laves
Potter Hall, room 409
(270) 745-3159 office
(270) 781-5065 after hours
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F
For additional information, please visit Human Resources.