Regional chancellor, Evelyn Ellis, confirms elimination of her position

Evelyn Ellis is the regional chancellor of the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus. 

The chancellor of the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox regional campus, Evelyn Ellis, has confirmed with the Herald that her position as chancellor has been eliminated.

Earlier this morning, the Daily News reported that sources had told them the regional chancellor positions had been eliminated. The regional campuses include Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, Glasgow and Owensboro. 

“I’ve enjoyed my time at Western Kentucky University and have had the privilege of working with the wonderful staff at Elizabethtown,” Ellis said.

Ellis said her release date as chancellor is March 30, which means that is the last day she will have the responsibilities as chancellor. 

At that point, she said, the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) will take over management. 

President Timothy Caboni has previously announced WKU was returning its three regional campuses to the management of DELO.

Ellis said her university employment would end June 30 and she’ll continue working with Beth Laves, associate vice president of DELO, as management transitions take place and to ensure a seamless change. 

The Herald has left a message with Laves and will update with additional information. 

Ellis said other individuals at her campus have been notified of their job loss, but she could not specify how many. 

The Herald can also confirm Gene Tice, Owensboro chancellor, retired yesterday, according to a staff member at the Owensboro campus who told the Herald they threw Tice a retirement party on Thursday. 

Sally Ray, Glasgow chancellor, has not responded to calls at her Glasgow office.