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University of Pikeville names new president

Webb was one of three finalists for the president position at Pikeville

Burton J. Webb, Ph.D.
Burton J. Webb, Ph.D.

Pikeville, Ky. – The University of Pikeville Board of Trustees have appointed Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., as the institutions next president.

The board’s decision was unanimous, according to Chairman Terry Dotson, who characterized Webb as the “21st president for the 21st Century.”

“Burton has the vision and leadership skills to lead us into the next decade. He understands the role the university will play, not only in the future development of education in our region, but in the future role of economic growth for our community,” Dotson said.

Webb, who currently serves as the vice president for academic affairs at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, will take office on Jan. 1, 2016.

One of three finalists following a nationwide search, Webb is an experienced administrator, scientist and teacher-scholar. His accomplished career in higher education includes 16 years at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he served as associate dean for the School of Physical and Applied Sciences, chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and interim dean for the College of the Arts and Sciences. Along the way, Webb spent 14 years teaching medical immunology to first-year medical students at Indiana University School of Medicine.

“Kay and I are both thrilled and humbled to be joining the UPIKE family. It is our firm belief that we are called to serve the people of Eastern Kentucky at UPIKE.” said Webb. “The university is well positioned to continue to fulfill its mission as the ‘Leading University of Central Appalachia.’ We are passionate about that mission and excited to join the Pikeville community.”

Webb earned a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from Indiana University School of Medicine, a master’s degree in biology from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Olivet Nazarene University.

The Webbs share a passion for education. Kay’s educational background includes two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. For the last six years, Kay has been on the graduate faculty of Northwest Nazarene University where her research and teaching have focused on career counseling.

The couple has two grown children, Kelsea (26) and Mason (24) who is married to Lauria (Green). While the Webbs have no grandchildren, they do have two very active Australian Shepherds.

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