Michael Lane has stepped down after four and a half years as Emporia State’s president. He made the announcement earlier this afternoon through BuzzIn. His message stated:
“It is with mixed emotions and after much consideration that I have decided to step down from the presidency of ESU effective June 30, 2011.
“When I interviewed with another campus over fall break last year, it was because I was nominated, and I was curious about the opportunity on a campus that was private. The visit helped Peggy and I realize how much we enjoyed and appreciated the very student-focused environment at ESU as well as the supportive campus and community. The act of visiting the other campus, however, has caused many to question my commitment to ESU.
“I believe this ongoing concern is detracting from the work that needs to be accomplished at ESU.
“I thank all the people of Emporia and Lyon County for your continued support of ESU, and I truly hope you continue to support this critical institution in Lyon County. I also thank the faculty and staff of Emporia State who work diligently every day to support the success of our students. These are the people who make ESU such a special place to study and learn.
“Finally, thank you to the ESU students who make this such a wonderful place to live and work! Peggy and I thank you for your support during our time as president and first lady.”
According to a press release by the Kansas Board of Regents, the regents will hold a special telephone conference call at 11 a.m. tomorrow to discuss the issues related to the ESU Presidency. A speaker telephone will be available to the public in the Board of Regents office, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 520, in Topeka.
Lane was selected by the Kansas Board of Regents as ESU’s 15th President on September 20, 2006. He began his presidency on Nov. 1, 2006.
Board of Regents announces plans for changes to ESU leadership, Lane plans to join accounting department
After a special meeting of the regents today via conference call, the regents have accepted the resignation of President Michael Lane and set a goal to have new leadership in place at ESU by January 2012.
According to a press release, they have directed Chairman Gary Sherrer and Vice Chairman Ed McKechnie to work with President and CEO Andy Tompkins to select the chair and members of the Presidential Search Committee and to bring a recommendation to the Board. The Board recommended the Search Committee be comprised of approximately 15 members representing the following diverse array of university and community constituencies: faculty, staff, student, alumni, endowment, the Board of Regents, and the Emporia community.
Additionally, the Board directed Chairman Sherrer and Vice Chairman McKechnie to work with President and CEO Tompkins to bring a recommendation to the Board for an executive search firm to assist the Search Committee. The Board also directed President and CEO Tompkins to contact the ESU Foundation to enlist its support regarding search firm expenses.
According to Board policy, when a state university CEO departs, an external management review of the use and expenditure of non-public, unrestricted funds held by the university or an affiliated corporation of the university and under the direction of the CEO and direct subordinates shall be conducted. Because such a review was conducted in 2009, the Board directed that the review be limited to the period of time following the previous review.
The Board directed Chairman Sherrer and Vice Chairman McKechnie to work with President and CEO Tompkins to recommend to the Board an individual to serve as ESU’s Interim President.
“The Board has an obligation to the University, students, faculty, staff, and the community of Emporia to make this search a priority and to move quickly to ensure a smooth and productive transition. Our goal is to have new leadership in place by January 2012,” said Regent Gary Sherrer of Overland Park, the Chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents. “The Board will receive an update and progress report later this month during the May Board meeting.”
Lane has announced that his current plan is to move into the accounting department as a faculty member in January 2012.
Lane holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lowell Technological Institute, now the University of
Massachusetts at Lowell, a master’s degree in account from Northeastern University and a doctorate in
accounting with finance as a minor field from Texas A&M University. He is a certified public accountant.
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