Dr. Elaine Farris

Dr. Elaine Farris joined the Kentucky State University Board of Regents in 2015 and currently serves as its chair. 

Farris served 32 years in public education, 21 of which as an administrator. Her career included roles as a teacher and principal at the elementary and high school levels, an elementary school director, a Kentucky distinguished educator and as a superintendent in the Shelby County and Clark County school districts. Farris is a pioneer, serving as the first African-American superintendent in Kentucky. She also served as Kentucky’s deputy and interim commissioner of education. 

She is a member of many professional and civic organizations and a former board member of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Prichard Committee’s Closing the Achievement Gap Task Force. She is an active member of the Beta Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Lexington.

Farris earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Eastern Kentucky University.