BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2017) — The WKU Board of Regents has selected Dr. Timothy Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs at the University of Kansas, as the preferred candidate to be the 10th president of WKU. Caboni will attend a series of meetings and campus forums Jan. 25-26. The board will consider extending a formal offer to Caboni at its quarterly meeting on Jan. 27.
Caboni has served in his current role since June 2011. He is KU’s principal spokesman, oversees the communications, marketing and advocacy efforts for KU’s five campuses—including KU Medical Center—and is responsible for the operations of Kansas Public Radio. He is also professor of educational leadership and policy in the School of Education.
Prior to his arrival at KU, Caboni was associate dean of the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University from 2005-2011. His duties included administration of the college’s 21 professional graduate degree programs; oversight of graduate and professional financial aid; providing support for outreach, partnerships and program development for the college; and leading the college’s communication and admission strategies.
Caboni is originally from New Orleans and a WKU alumnus. He holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in higher education leadership and policy, a master’s degree in corporate and organizational communications from WKU and a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.
His career in higher education has spanned more than 23 years and includes positions in alumni relations, fundraising, teaching, academic administration, communications, marketing and government relations. He has published nearly 30 articles and one book. His current research is focused on higher education fundraising.