Mary Evans Sias, Kentucky State University
Mary Evans Sias has been president of Kentucky State University since 2004.
She previously served nine years as senior vice president for student affairs and external relations at the University of Texas Dallas, where she was also an associate professor of sociology. She also served as chief executive officer of the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas for 14 years.
A native of Jackson, MS, Sias earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tougaloo College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She was awarded a Ford Foundation doctoral fellowship and pursued her master’s and doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She also received a master’s in business administration from Abilene Christian College.
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Mary Evans Sias, president of Kentucky State University, discusses recent successes at KSU, including academic progress, increased enrollment, improved housing facilities, and a new classroom building. She also talks about the challenges presented by recent state budget cuts and rising tuition costs, which KSU deals with by initiating need-based financial assistance programs.
Mary Evans Sias, president of Kentucky State University, discusses the intense focus of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) on getting more students to earn college degrees and partnering with community colleges to advance this goal.