Morehead State University announced Dr. Carol Christian has been named the first director of the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics.
“We are delighted that Dr. Carol Christian has accepted our invitation to join the Craft Academy as the first director,” said Wayne D. Andrews, MSU president. “Dr. Christian has had a long and distinguished career in public education. She brings a tremendous amount of skill and knowledge into her new role.”
Dr. Christian will start her new role on July 1.
“I am honored and excited to serve as the first Director of the Craft Academy.,” said Dr. Christian. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Morehead State University in meeting the needs of some of our best and brightest in Kentucky.”
She has been with MSU since 2011 as an assistant professor and director of P-16 program. Prior to that, Dr. Christian was district achievement gap coordinator for Kentucky’s Department of Education.
She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Louisville as well as graduate and undergraduate degrees from Eastern Kentucky University.
The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is scheduled to open August 2015. Students will live on campus in a newly renovated residence hall designed for high school aged students.
State lawmakers budgeted $2.3 million to establish the academy. Alliance Resource Partners CEO Joe Craft has pledged $4 million during the next several years in support of the Academy. This is the single largest cash gift in the history of MSU.
The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. A college-level curriculum will allow students to finish high school while also completing up to two years of university coursework. It will offer a residential college experience and environment that promotes excellence, innovation and creativity while developing the full potential of the state’s brightest minds and most promising future leaders.
At the end of the two years, students will have earned as much as 60 credit hours, finished high school and have the opportunity to further their education at MSU or transfer to any other college/university in Kentucky or elsewhere. The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics graduates will be able to participate in their home high school graduation.
Information about the Craft Academy can be found at www.moreheadstate.edu/craft-academy/.