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2019 Faculty Regent Election - Information & Nomination Form

Faculty Regent Term of Office:  April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2022

Term of Office (top of page)

The Faculty Regent shall serve a three-year term that begins on April 1 of the academic year in which the election is held and ends on March 31. The Faculty Regent shall serve for a term of three years and until a successor is elected and qualified. The Faculty Regent shall be eligible for reelection but shall not be eligible to continue to serve as a member of the Board if no longer a member of the teaching staff of the University. Elections to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired term and shall be held in the same manner as the original election.


Eligibility to Vote (top of page)

All faculty members of the rank of instructor or above, librarians holding comparable ranks, or chairs/unit heads, deans, and academic vice presidents that hold rank, are eligible to vote for the Faculty Regent. Lecturers, clinical faculty and Model Faculty who hold the rank of instructor are eligible to vote.

Eligibility to Serve (top of page)

In order to serve as the faculty member on the Board of Regents the faculty member must:

  1. Hold the rank of Assistant Professor or higher;
  2. Be a member of the teaching or research faculty whose faculty-load assignment includes 50 percent or more teaching and/or research; and
  3. not have a relative1 who is currently employed at Eastern Kentucky University (anti-nepotism statute, KRS 164.360 (2))2.

1 "relative," as defined by KRS 164.001, includes "a person's father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law."

2 This statute is under review by the Office of the Attorney General and a decision is expected before the 2013 election. Candidates who may be affected by this criterion are therefore currently eligible to run with the understanding that in the event the review changes the interpretation of the statute the candidate could be allowed to serve if elected.


Nominations (top of page)

  1. A faculty member is nominated by the submission of a petition for nomination to the Faculty Senate Committee on Elections. The petition must be signed by at least twenty (20) members of the faculty who are eligible to vote and who have signed no other petition for nomination in the current election. [See Procedures – Voting below.]
  2. The Committee on Elections shall certify the validity of the nominating petitions prior to making up the ballot for the election.
  3. Each eligible voter may vote for one of the persons nominated.
  4. If no person receives a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot, the Committee on Elections shall prepare a second ballot, which will contain the names of the two persons receiving the highest number of votes on the first election ballot, and conduct a second election.
  5. The Committee on Elections shall certify the results of the election to the Chair of the Senate.
  6. The Chair of the Senate shall certify the results of the election to the Secretary of the Board of Regents.

Procedures – Deadline for Nominations (top of page)

Faculty members interested in running for the position must submit a completed Faculty Regent Nomination Petition no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2019, to Cassie Malick, coordinator to the president, Coates 107.

Procedures – Voting (top of page)

The faculty member shall be elected by “secret ballot” by “all faculty members of his or her university of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, or above.” KRS 164.321(6)(a).  [EKU policy deems lecturers to be at the level of instructor, therefore lecturers and clinical faculty may also vote.]

Timeline for Faculty Regent Election (top of page)

  • Monday, January 7: A letter will be sent out from the Elections & University Nominations Committee along with a copy of the criteria and procedures and a sample petition to all eligible faculty.
  • Friday, February 1 at 4:30 pm: Deadline to submit nomination petitions for candidates for Faculty Regent
  • February 19-20: Faculty Regent Candidates’ Forum (2 sessions)
  • Thursday, February 21: Voting for Faculty Regent opens
  • Friday, March 1 at 4:30 pm: Faculty Regent Voting Ends
  • Monday, March 18: Second ballot for run-off election, if needed, should be emailed to eligible faculty
  • Friday, March 29 at 4:30 pm: Faculty Regent Voting (Run-off election) Ends Today 

More information (top of page)

Questions and comments may be directed to the Faculty Senate Elections and University Nominations Committee:

Published on January 16, 2019

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