Begins July 1
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Jan. 31, 2017) — Dr. Timothy C. Caboni has been officially named the new president of Western Kentucky University. Caboni, had previously been named the preferred candidate by the WKU Board of Regents. On Friday he was named the school’s 10th president, effective July 1, following the retirement of President Gary A. Ransdell, who has been at WKU for 20 years.
Caboni, 47 is the current vice chancellor of Public Affairs at the University of Kansas. He earned a master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication from WKU in 1994.
“It will be an honor and privilege to serve as WKU’s 10th president,” Caboni said. “I am thankful to the search committee and the WKU Board of Regents for their vote of confidence. Great universities inspire innovations, elevate communities and transform lives. That will be our guiding mission as we lift our students, our region and our world.”
Caboni has served as the principal spokesperson at the University of Kansas since 2011 and oversees the communications, marketing and advocacy efforts for the university’s five campuses and the KU Medical Center. Prior to his arrival at KU, he was associate dean of the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University.
In addition to his WKU degree, Caboni has a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt and a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. His 23-year career in higher education includes positions in alumni relations, fundraising, teaching, academic administration, communication, marketing and government relations.
A native of New Orleans, Caboni is married to Kacy Schmidt Caboni, who has been a development officer with Kansas University Endowment since 2006.