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About Staff Council

In March 2002, to give EKU's employees better channels for communication with the administration, President Glasser assembled a steering committee to develop a Staff Council. The committee reviewed similar organizations at several other institutions, and then prepared a set of guidelines and bylaws to meet our own needs. The Board of Regents approved the Staff Council in 2003.


To foster communication and serve as a communication conduit between staff and the President, provide recommendations on matters pertaining to staff, and promote the welfare of all staff through professional development and formal recognition while serving the Mission of the University.

Staff Council Membership Representation Table

One representative will be elected from each of the following areas:

  • College of Business & Technology - Amanda McIntosh
  • College of Education and Library - Ashley Thacker
  • College of Health Sciences - Heather Foster
  • College of Justice and Safety including DOCJT, Regional Campuses, Conferencing & Events, E-Campus, and Planetarium - Caelin Scott
  • College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, College of Science, and Honors Program - Karrie Adkins
  • Foundation, Equity and Inclusion, Diversity, Athletics, Development & Alumni Relations, Center for the Arts, Arlington  - Grant Stepp
  • Information Technology and Communication & Brand Management - Jeremiah Duerson
  • Internal Audit, President Office, Accounting & Financial Services, Business Services, Budgeting & Financial Planning, Human Resources - Jessica Ehrhart
  • Maintenance & Skilled Trades in Facilities Services and Housing and Project Administration - Chris Pearl
  • Public Safety, Special Projects, Academic Support, Academic Affairs Business Office - Ann Cotton
  • Student Success & University Counsel, Dean of Students, Student Rights & Responsibilities, Campus Life, Enrollment Management, Retention & Graduation - Jillian Faith
  • Training Resource Center - Jennifer Cochran

Major factors for defining these groups of employees are similarities of job function, work location, camaraderie, program coordination, and the number of staff in each area. Administrative budget codes provide convenient, automated ways to identify membership within these areas.

The bylaws for the Staff Council specify that one-third of the seats shall be up for reelection each year.


Exempt and non-exempt employees who are eligible for full benefits as described in the Staff Handbook, who are not members of the Provost Council and/or the Administrative Council, and who are not eligible for election to the Faculty Senate, shall be eligible to serve.

Election Process and Timeline

Elections will be held annually in November/December. The normal term of office is three years, with one-third of the Council being elected each year.

Standing Committees

Website and Email Address

Find more information about the Staff Council, including the bylaws, nomination forms, and announcements about the elections, at You can reach the same page through the EKU Quick Links menu, on the main EKU Web page. The email address for Staff Council matters is

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