Board votes to extend President Hawkins’ contract

Published on
December 04, 2018

Photo of the Board of Trustees and members of Senior Staff with President HawkinsThe Union College Board of Trustees has approved an extension to the contract of Union College President Marcia Hawkins. Dr. Hawkins became the 19th president of Union College on July 1, 2012.

“The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer Dr. Hawkins a three-year contract extension, which she has accepted,” said Board Chairman Don Jones. “Since Dr. Hawkins’ arrival in Barbourville, Union College has seen growth in all areas. She has hired or retained capable and dedicated senior staff. Our undergraduate programs have grown and been made stronger. Under her leadership, our graduate and online programs have exploded. We are fiscally stronger and our campus has never been more beautiful. Our faculty and staff are top notch and dedicated. Most importantly, our students are happy and thriving.”

During her time at Union, Dr. Hawkins has earned many distinctions.

When she first arrived at Union, she launched the U|GRAD program, which provides incoming freshmen the opportunity to receive a tuition-free semester in their senior year. In 2017, she brought the Boys & Girls Club to Union College, providing safe and educational after-school programming for children in Knox County.

During her tenure, the Ramsey Center for Health and Natural Sciences opened its doors, housing state of the art classrooms and laboratories and the Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing. This past summer, Dr. Hawkins orchestrated the acquisition of the Stivers Aquatic Center and subsequent grand opening of the Union College Center for Health and Learning.

“It’s an exciting time to be part of the Union College family,” said Dr. Hawkins. “I am grateful for the confidence the Board has shown in my leadership, and I am thankful for the work of our very talented and dedicated faculty and staff.”

Under Dr. Hawkins’ administration, the college has expanded academic programming, particularly in graduate studies. Increases in enrollment and retention, as well as successful fundraising from committed donors, has set a financially sound course for the continued growth of Union College.

Dr. Hawkins said “Our goal, as a college community, is to give our students the opportunity to develop a sense of identity and responsibility, a love of community, and a clear path to a productive and meaningful life. We call it the “Union Distinction,” and it guides everything we do.”

This is the second time the Board of Trustees has voted to extend Dr. Hawkins’ contract. With a year still remaining on her current contract, the three-year extension will go into effect on October 1, 2019.