Mary Evans Sias, president of Kentucky State University in Frankfort, announced that she is stepping down on June 30. She is the only woman serving as president of any state-operated university in Kentucky. The chair of the board of regents stated that an interim president would be in place by July 1 and a national search will be conducted to find a new president.
Dr. Silas has been president at Kentucky State since 2004. Earlier she was senior vice president for student affairs and external relations at the University of Texas at Dallas. She joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1995. Earlier in her career she was the CEO of the YMCA of metropolitan Dallas.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Dr. Sias is a graduate of Tougaloo College and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. She also earned an MBA from Abilene Christian University.