The Paducah Sun from Paducah, Kentucky on February 15, 1990 · 9
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The Paducah Sun from Paducah, Kentucky · 9

Paducah, Kentucky
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Thursday, February 15, 1990
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Thursday, February 1 S, 1 f99 The Poducoh Sun At Agents' unanimity reflects Kurth impact ByJOEYFOSKO - Btun Wrttar 'MURRAY, Ky. - Rear Adra. Ronald J. Kurth wu definitely the best choice u the next president of Murray State Unlvewlty, two regents said. ' "His total overall accompllah-tnents made a real Impact on (the "KRents)(M said Dr. Billy Hurt of Gilbertsville. "You can look at all the resumes and uw wriuen sum, f fg'S .htrt I van 'vent If Impressed by him JJ '""'! I as a person. HheSLi J ; "i anticipate ,4 y MfuAnln rill Wl ' "V. I at (the selection - ITnrtht onf omr v& iiwhi wiu dcij Ilv it iney eh a ereai ri . "man.' Just the LI I. tact 10 different KURTII people could come to an agreement says It all." ""He's a proven leader," regent 'Tommy Sanders of Murray said. "Hell be able to make the tough 'decisions and if he makes the wrong one, hell be the first one to admit It and correct it Hell work with everyone." " The Board of Regents announced Wednesday afternoon Kurth has agreed to accept the job as president. An official vote hasn't been taken but a consensus was reached at Saturday's meeting, regents Chairman Kerry Harvey said. "We have reached an agreement In principle,' Harvey said. "I expect the board will authorize me to negotiate a contract with Dr. Kurth, and I expect it will be unanimous." Kurth is on vacation In the Caribbean and was unavailable for comment Harvey said he expects to talk to Kurth this weekend, with contract negotiations beginning early next week. Kurth, president of the U.S. Naval War College In Newport, R.I., will retire from the military this summer and will probably assume the MSU command In mid-July, Harvey said. Dr. James Booth, vice president for academic affairs and acting E resident said the transition will e a smooth one. "If he has as much desire to take over as I do to give it up, itll be a very easy change," Booth said. "We hit it "off Immediately. We share the same academic philosophy, so I dont see any problems at all" Booth downplayed concerns by some that Kurth s lack of experience as a university administrator would prove a detriment Kurth has been president of the Naval War College for only three years. "I don't consider that a problem," Booth said. "He's had to KBSI-TV under new ownership By BRUCE GARDNER Soi BoiImm EdtUr KBSI-TV in Cane Girardeau. Mo.. has been purchased by a company that wants to make it the flagship ; of a chain of small and mid-sized stations. - Engles Communications paid $3 million to Media Central Inc., which filed for bankruptcy protection in July 1987 and continued to manage the station until the sale was finalized Tuesday by a judge in Chattanooga, Term. Engles Communications is chaired by David A. Engles, a former NBC Radio and Warner Bros, executive. His son, Steven Engles, is president of Engles Communications and also will be president and general manager of KBSI. ;He moved Wednesday to Cape Gir-' ardeau from Kansas City, where he I managed KZKC-TV. Irl KBSI will continue to be affili-lated with the Fox Network, Steven ! Engles said. ' The station will increase its sports coverage significantly this year and will market itself more strongly, Steven Engles said. "We are going to tremendously increase our awareness in the Pad-ucah area, both from the viewer standpoint and the advertiser standpoint" he said. "People will know KBSI as well as they know Ch.6(WPSD-TV)." Among changes planned are increased coverage of baseball 55 St Louis Cardinals and eight Kansas City Royals games and basketball Missouri Valley and Southeastern Conference tournament games and SEC games on the Jefferson Pilot network. 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Ilia position (at the War College) is not at all unlike that of a president of a major Institution." "Just the magnitude and breadth of his accomplishments and experience Impressed me," Harvey said. "His educational accomplishments are superb. We visited the Naval War College and found out it's an academic institution, first and foremost It's a college of great quality." Among Kurth's other accomplishments are a stint as UJS. Naval attache at the American Embassy in Moscow and as commanding officer at the Memphis Naval Air Station. "He's more than just an educator," Harvey said. ''He's a diplomat Anybody who can successfully negotiate with the Soviet Union is impressive. And those diplomatic skills will transfer to this position, which is a people-oriented job." Harvey also lauded Kurth's contacts and experience in dealing with Congress, saying those skills will help the university in Its dealings with the General Assembly. Harvey called the announcement "premature," blaming the early press conference on "media speculation." Both the Paducah Sun and the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Wednesday that Kurth was the choice to succeed Dr. Kala Stroup, who left the university after regents refused to renew her contract last year. "It's usually not prudent to announce something before it's done," Harvey said. "There's been a great deal of speculation so we felt it was a lesser evil to bring the university community up to date. "We're operating on a schedule forced upon us. It's unfortunate. This should be his press conference, not mine." Kurth, 58, earned his bachelor's degree at the U.S. Naval Academy and master's and doctorate at Harvard University and has taught at both schools. He and his wife of 35 years, Charlene, have four adult children. 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