The board’s approval comes after committee reviews of the deans’ performance over a five-year period.

Sauk’s accomplishments include renovating the dental school, recruiting and retaining faculty and staff and setting new records for donor gifts to the school.  He has been dental school dean since 2007.

Singer, hired in 1997 to lead the Kent School, was cited for creating innovative community outreach programs, raising the school’s overall profile in rankings and hiring the nation’s first faculty endowed chair position combining social work and oncology.

In other action, the board approved a community service pilot program that will allow staff one work day per year to perform community service.

Proposed by the Great Places to Work initiative, the program is designed to promote community engagement by allowing employees to volunteer for service organizations, schools or organized disaster relief and emergency efforts. The leave may not be used for religious or partisan political activities.

For more information, see Human Resources Items of Interest.

The board also approved:

  • Naming the future soccer stadium on Floyd Street the Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. Lynn, a former trustee, and his wife donated $5 million for the stadium’s construction.
  • A $500,000 renovation of the fourth floor of Ekstrom Library. The floor will be converted to a quiet study area. It will be paid for through a private gift.
  • A $3 million upgrade to the sound system at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The cost will be covered through Athletic Association funds.
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John Drees
John Drees is a 32-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As interim senior associate vice president/director of campus communication, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.