Spears named Campbellsville University’s first chancellor for advancing the university system

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H. Keith Spears

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Kentucky. – Dr. H. Keith Spears, 11and president of Campbellsville University since January 1, 2021, was named the university’s first chancellor.

Spears was awarded the title of Chancellor for the Advancement of the University System by President Joseph Hopkins at the meeting of the University of Campbellsville Board of Trustees in February. Spears served as 11and president of the university following the retirement of Dr. Michael V. Carter in December 2020.

Dr. Joseph Hopkins became the 12and President as of February 1, 2022.

President Hopkins said, “As I take on the role of President of the University, I can’t imagine a better person by my side than Keith. His successes in the world of higher education speak for themselves. People with Keith’s abilities are hard to find. Campbellsville University was fortunate to have him as President and is now in a strong position with him as Chancellor for the Advancement of the University System.

In Spears’ new role, he will explore new opportunities for the university and the development of new programs. He will be the university’s “leading innovator,” Hopkins said.

Spears has served Campbellsville University since 2009. Her leadership roles have changed over the years, leading to her extensive work in the President’s office.

Spears headed the president’s cabinet, made up of the university’s vice presidents and other key administrators. “I am indebted to this group of student-focused leaders, who provided day-to-day support and helped lead CU through our transition,” he said.

Before coming to Campbellsville University, Spears was on West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin’s staff in education and the arts. Prior to this appointment, he was at Marshall University for 28 years, leaving that institution as Vice President for Advancement.

He and his wife, Rita Kay Spears, and their family have dedicated their careers to education and public service. Rita is a former adult student advisor at Marshall University.

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