Ernst named associate vice president for academic affairs/student success at MSU

Staff Report

MOREHEAD – Morehead State University’s Dr. John Ernst has been named associate vice president for academic affairs/student success. Since May 2015, Dr. Ernst served interim associate vice president for academic affairs/student success.

“Dr. Ernst is uniquely qualified to serve as our AVPAA/Student Success. During the past academic year, he worked extremely hard and proved he was the right person for the job,” said Dr. Steven M. Ralston, MSU’s chief academic officer/provost. “As the executive assistant to President Andrews, Dr. Ernst worked successfully on many high priority institutional initiatives including the ASPIRE Strategic Plan, Governor’s Scholars Program, President’s Leadership Academy, and the President’s Performing Arts and Speaker Series.”

In his new position, Dr. Ernst will lead and collaborate with multiple on-and off-campus stakeholders to enhance student recruitment, retention, graduation and post graduation achievement.

He will take charge of the creation and oversight of a comprehensive and integrated program that ensures student success. Dr. Ernst will report to the vice president for student success.

He also served MSU as chair of the Department of History, Philosophy, Religion and Legal Studies and department’s interim chair since March 2008.

A Louisville native, Dr. Ernst first came to Morehead State 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.

Dr. Ernst is an expert on the Vietnam War with two book authorships, including “Forging a Fateful Alliance: Michigan State University and the Vietnam War” and “The War that Never Ends: New Perspectives on the Vietnam War,” co-edited with Dr. David L. Anderson.

His love of teaching was recognized in 2001 when he was the recipient of 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.

Staff Report


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