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Morehead State University has announced that Dr. John P. Ernst has been named executive assistant to the president. He will assume his new duties on June 4.

“I am pleased to appoint Dr. Ernst to this position,” said President Wayne D. Andrews. “Because of the key role the executive assistant will play on our team, it is critical that the individual selected has leadership experience and an understanding of the entire University. Dr. Ernst is highly respected not only here at MSU but throughout the community.”

Dr. Ernst will oversee a variety of activities in the Office of the President, act as a point of contact for both internal and external constituencies on matters pertaining to the Office of the President, and assist and represent the president in communicating with constituents. He will research, prioritize, and follow up on multiple issues and concerns addressed to the president, including those of a sensitive and/or confidential nature and manage a variety of special projects for the president. The executive assistant will coordinate and institutionalize the planning function such as the strategic plan and institutional goals.

“I am excited about this new challenge, and it will be a challenge. When the President and I discussed the position, I told him I would help in any way I could,” said Dr. Ernst.

“When I read the job description, I realized he had taken me up on the offer,” he said with a laugh. “But on a serious note, I am anxious to use my experience in the classroom, as well as the conference room, to contribute in a different way to the lives of those we serve. For me, it’s all about our students.”

Dr. Ernst had been chair of the Department of History, Philosophy, Religion and Legal Studies since November 2010 and prior to that, he served as the department’s interim chair since March 2008.

A Louisville native,
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Dr. Ernst first came to Morehead State in 1994 as a fixed term instructor of history after serving three years on the staff of the “Kentucky Encyclopedia” with Dr. John Kleber, a Morehead State historian.

According to Dr. Ernst, he first visited the MSU campus in 1993, and immediately felt “at home.”

He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky, where he worked with Dr. George C. Herring, the leading Vietnam War scholar in America.

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In 2007, Dr. Yvonne Baldwin and Dr. Ernst published “The Not So Silent Minority: Louisville’s Antiwar Movement, 1966 1975” in “The Journal of Southern History.” The article is part of a book project, “Bless This Stone, This Rock: Kentuckians and the Vietnam War,” with a future publication date.

Dr. Ernst is a collaborator with Crane House, The Asia Institute, on “Moving Voices From Vietnam,” an oral history exhibit and book project examining Louisville’s Vietnamese American community. He also has served as a consultant for a number of projects, including the Virtual Vietnam Archive at the Texas Tech University Vietnam Center. Recently, he advised the Kentucky Historical Society on the development of a play, “Theater of War: Unresolved Conflict of Vietnam.”

His love of teaching was recognized in 2001 when he was the recipient of the Master Teacher Award given by the Interfraternity Council, National Pan Hellenic Conference and National Panhellenic Council, and in 2004 was presented the Student Government Association’s Flying High Award. As an involved member of the Morehead community, Dr. Ernst has coached t ball and baseball.
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