Mary Sias Stepping Down as Kentucky State University President

FRANKFORT, Ky. ― Kentucky State University President Mary Sias says she will step down from her position on June 30.

The State Journal reports Sias announced her impending retirement at a special-called Board of Regents meeting last Friday.

In a statement, Sias said her decade as KSU president has been the most rewarding in her 36 years as an educator. She said she is proud of how much has been done in that time period “to provide access and opportunity to a diverse array of students.”

“While there is always more that could be done, now seems like the right time to step aside and let the next person provide the momentum to continue to move the needle forward for KSU,” Sias said.

She declined further comment to the newspaper immediately after the meeting.

Sias was hired in 2004, beating out three other finalists for the job. She was the 13th president at the university in Frankfort.

Board Chair Karen Bearden said an interim president would be appointed by July 1 and a search for a new president would begin as soon as possible.

Bearden thanked Sias for her service to the university.

“Dr. Sias’ leadership and vision have helped Kentucky State evolve into a world-class academic institution ― becoming recognized for community service, advancing science and research and educating the next generation of students capable of leading globally,” Bearden said.