Arnetha Ball

Mary Evans Sias

Mary Evans Sias is the 13th President of Kentucky State University. She is currently leading KSU's $12.5 million capital campaign — "Uniting Generations . . . Securing Futures." The five-year campaign goals will fund scholarships, endowments and improvements to the campus’ athletic infrastructure.

Prior to Kentucky State University, Sias was the associate provost and senior vice president for student affairs and external relations at the University of Texas at Dallas, from 1994 to 2004. She was also the chief executive officer of the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas for 13 years before joining the UTD administration.

Sias is the chair-elect of the board of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) where she also serves as a member of the executive steering committee for the Millennium Leadership Institute and chair of AASCU's Professional Development Committee. She is the immediate past chair of the board of directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, where she also sits on the Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence executive committee. She sits on the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, chairs the Council of Presidents of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, serves on the executive committee of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education and is a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture 1890 Task Force. Her involvement at the state level includes serving as a legislatively appointed member of the Kentucky Agriculture Development Board. She recently retired from the board of directors of Leadership Kentucky. As an engaged member of the Frankfort community, Sias sits on the Frankfort YMCA Board of Directors, the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce and the Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council.

Sias earned a B.A. in Sociology from Tougaloo College, where she received the college's highest academic distinction. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She also received an MBA from Abilene Christian College and a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship.