Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Sunday, September 28, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) –Dr. Michael Seelig, senior assistant to the provost and interim affirmative action officer at Morehead State University, has been appointed interim vice president for academic affairs at the Council on Postsecondary Education. Seelig begins his duties this week. He replaces Dr. Jim Applegate who resigned to become senior vice president for the Lumina Foundation on Education in Indianapolis.

Seelig comes to the Council with extensive experience in higher education. At Morehead State University, he served as dean of the Caudill College of Humanities for seven years, in addition to a wide range of positions--dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, executive director and chief development officer, general counsel, executive assistant to the president, affirmative action officer, and as a tenured professor of social work. 

“We are pleased that Dr. Seelig has agreed to serve in this important leadership role,” said Dr. Richard Crofts, interim president of the Council. “His breadth of experiences and his knowledge of Kentucky postsecondary education will make him a valuable member of our leadership team. Dr. Seelig will offer immediate help in continuing the state’s public agenda.”

In 1990, Seelig was a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Program Grant. He also served as a Fellow for the American Council on Education in 1997-98 where he completed an internship at the 13-institution University System of Maryland.

“It is both an honor and privilege to have been selected to serve as interim vice president for academic affairs during this exciting but critical period of time for postsecondary education in the Commonwealth,” said Seelig.  “I look forward to working with Council staff and leaders throughout Kentucky who believe passionately that education is a primary means for improving the lives of individuals, families and communities.”

Seelig received his bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in social work, all from The Ohio State University. He also holds a law degree from Capital University.

Kentucky is in the middle of the most dramatic economic and social transformation in its history. Double the Numbers: Kentucky’s Plan to Increase College Graduates explains that increasing bachelor’s degrees is the quickest, most direct way for Kentucky to increase its economic prosperity. College graduates earn more, are healthier, create a more robust economy, and enjoy a higher quality of life. The Double the Numbers plan outlines five statewide strategies for Kentucky to achieve this ambitious, but achievable goal. While this effort will not be easy, the benefits of Doubling the Numbers will be felt by all Kentuckians.



Last Updated 9/28/2008