Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
On This Site
or Click Here
CU: Spears addresses Campbellsville Chamber of Commerce
By Matthew Taylor
Campbellsville, KY - "Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great," Dr. Keith Spears, interim president of Campbellsville University, quoted from the book "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't" by Jim Collins.
Spears spoke to the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Aug. 12, 2021.
A native of Fort Gay, W.Va., Spears served 28 years at Marshall University as a mass communications professor and general manager for their radio and TV stations for extended education. He was the director, consultant and co-director of the award-winning "We Are Marshall" brand capital campaign and was the chief consultant for the "We Are Marshall" film.
He advanced to the West Virginia governor's office before coming to Campbellsville University.
Spears came to Campbellsville University as the vice president of regional and graduate education in 2009. He was given the task to enlarge the university's footprint by growing the off campus, online, international and graduate program development. During the process of the task, Spears has also been involved with increasing the communications effort and the impact of the university moving Campbellsville University forward toward digital transmission and communication.
"When I came here, we had 2,600 students, and Mike Carter, the president, said, 'Help me expand this thing. Work with us,'" Spears said, "and over the past several years we have now raised it to 12,500 for this fall."
"The sad part is that it is down from last year. We were 13,500 last year," Spears said.
While it may be difficult to meet the 13,500 student population from a year ago, the indicators are showing that Campbellsville University is on a trajectory for continued growth.
Campbellsville University continues to improve the facilities and education she has to offer with the completion of the Finley Stadium renovation, the new athletic plaza, the mass communication center and Harrodsburg's chiropractic school with many more projects to come.
An open house for the chiropractic school is scheduled in October. Campbellsville University has the first and the only chiropractic school in Kentucky.
The new Heilman Welcome Center has begun construction. It will be a signature building for the university, Spears said, and will house elements of the Offices of Student Services, Career Services and Enrollment Services.
The marriage and therapy program in Los Angeles was awarded the MFT Stipend Contract for Santa Barbara expanding Campbellsville University's footprint across the west coast in California.
Campbellsville University had an economic impact of $199,868,340 of the 2018 and 2019 school year, paid $87,225,534 in wages, paid $7,659,682 in state and local taxes and has support a total of 1,997 jobs throughout Kentucky.
"That's pretty good. We're a good school, but that's not great. What we want to do is be great," Spears said. "It's up to all the people of Campbellsville University to make this a great university."
"I was asked, 'You're doing a lot of changes over there. Are you still going to be the same Campbellsville?' by someone recently," and Spears said, "We work hard to change to remain the same. We will still carry the calls of Christ wherever we go."
"The name Campbellsville goes up on the building in Los Angeles this week. The name Campbellsville is on the building in Hyderabad, India. The name Campbellsville is on the building in Lathrop, Calif. And, once we get approved to go across the border, the name Campbellsville will also be on a five-story building in Windsor, Canada," Spears said. "The name Campbellsville is being taken with us wherever we go. That's an important concept because we're proud to be in this town. And we want you to be proud of what we do."
This story was posted on 2021-08-22 10:48:20
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
More articles from topic Campbellsville University:
Pence-Chowning Art Gallery to feature new professor
Kylee Miller is new CU student activities director
CU announces tenure and promotions for faculty
Rogers Scholars visit new Mass Communication building at CU
Creason is new campus minister at Campbellsville University
CU: Miller receives grant from KY Oral History Commission
CU honors teachers in annual awards program
CU and THP to offer 2nd round of summer theater camps
Howell makes donation toward Clay Hill Memorial Forest
Little Shop of Horrors to be presented by CU Theater
View even more articles in topic Campbellsville University
Bank of Columbia
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.