Kentucky State University Board of Regents Names Dr. Koffi C. Akokpo as its 19th President

FRANKFORT, KY – The Kentucky State University Board of Regents announced today that Dr. Koffi C. Akakpo will serve as the 19th President of Kentucky State University following a national search.

The Kentucky State University Board of Regents announced today the selection of Dr. Koffi C. Akakpo as the 19th President of Kentucky State University, effective July 1, 2023.

“Today is undoubtedly an exciting time in Kentucky State’s history, and we are confident that the foundation laid by this extensive presidential search process – involving input and deliberation from a wide range of constituents and stakeholders, including both internal and external campus community members – allowed us to choose the best leader for Kentucky State and its future,” said Tammi Dukes, Kentucky State University Board of Regents Chair.

KSU Board selected Dr. Akakpo from a diverse and impressive pool of candidates. He is expected to assume his duties as President as soon as July 1, 2023. Terms of his contract are expected to be finalized soon.

“Kentucky State University is poised for a great future. Thanks to the leadership and support of Governor Andy Beshear, the General Assembly, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky State University Board of Regents, the KSU campus community, alumni, donors, and supporters,” said Regent Dukes. “Under Akakpo’s leadership, the University can advance in many areas, and we are pleased to hand the baton to him at such a critical time in the institution’s journey. We are confident he will bring the vision and execution required to help Kentucky State University continue to advance and succeed in its critical mission of enhancing society and impacting individuals by preparing future generations of engaged citizens and effective leaders.”

University officials noted that President Akakpo quickly rose to the top of an esteemed candidate application pool, and his life’s work, 16 years in leadership roles in higher education with a proven record of success in strong fiscal accountability, student-first philosophy, and strategic planning, has positioned him to take the helm. He comes to Kentucky State University from Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), central Kentucky’s largest comprehensive public two-year college, serving over 15,000 college credit students annually across multiple campuses and via online classes.

“My work focuses on championing postsecondary institutions, tackling the uncertainty they face, and securing their current and future prosperity, particularly through bold thinking, transformational problem-solving, and strategic partnership building,” said President Akakpo. He believe that the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the entire KSU community must unite and do all in their shared power to convert problems into opportunities through intentional, data-informed decisions and bold, futuristic planning.

Akakpo holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Toledo; a Master of Business Administration from Ashland University; and a Master of Science from Universite du Benin, Lome, Togo.


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