One African American Among the Four Finalists for Provost at Eastern Kentucky University

The Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, where blacks make up 5 percent of the undergraduate student body, has announced four finalists for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Among the four finalists is Aaron Thompson, an African American who currently serves as interim vice president for academic affairs with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Dr. Thompson has an advantage in that he has a long history at Eastern Kentucky University. He is a graduate of the university and previously served as associate vice president for academic affairs. He has also been a faculty member in the university’s department of anthropology, sociology, and social work and in the department of educational leadership and policy studies.

Dr. Thompson holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Kentucky.