WKU President gives update to Bowling Green Rotary Club on future initiatives

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Students at Western Kentucky University may have had the day off Wednesday due to cold temperatures. The university’s President, on the other hand, was given a warm welcome at the Bowling Green Rotary Club meeting.

President Timothy Caboni was the guest speaker at Wednesday’s luncheon at the Bowling Green Country Club.

Caboni spoke for about 45 minutes on a number of future initiatives at the university, including the construction of a new residence hall for freshman, called the First Year Village and WKU Commons, a building that will cater to students wanting to dine and study at the same time.

Caboni also spoke about the need to keep graduates in Bowling Green after college, instead of moving elsewhere to pursue their careers.

“If I get a four year degree and I get it in health policy, what I know is that I want to work in the place that I’ve studied,” said Caboni. “If there is no job here, I’m going to go to the place where there is that job. As a community, together with the county, city and all of our community partners, we have to make sure, as we attract industry here, that we build those industries that our students want to work in.”

Caboni also said the university will soon launch a $50 million fundraising campaign called the WKU Opportunity Fund, which will help with tuition for potential students coming from low income families.