Has served in interim role
MOREHEAD, Ky. (July 13, 2016) — Dr. John Ernst has been named associate vice president for academic affairs/student success at Morehead State University. Since May 2015 Ernst has served in an interim role.
Ernst will lead and collaborate with multiple on-and off-campus stakeholders to enhance student recruitment, retention, graduation and post graduation achievement. Ernst, who reports to the vice president of student success, will take charge of the creation and oversight of a comprehensive and integrated program that ensures student success.
A Louisville native, Ernst first came to MSU in 1994 as a fixed-term instructor of history after serving three years on the staff of the “Kentucky Encyclopedia” with Dr. John Kleber, a Morehead State historian.
He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky, where he worked with Dr. George C. Herring, the leading Vietnam War scholar in America.
Ernst is an expert on the Vietnam War, having authored two books. He also was recognized in 2001 with the Master Teacher Award given by the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Conference and National Panhellenic Council, and in 2013 was presented the Student Government Association’s Student Choice Award for Faculty Member of the Year.
He and his wife, Joanne, a teacher for the hearing-impaired in Rowan County Schools, have lived in Morehead since 1996, and have two sons and a daughter.