Board of Regents

The Kentucky State University Board of Regents is the governing body of Kentucky State University. The Board consists of 11 members, including a staff representative, student representative, faculty representative, and eight Governor-appointed members (see

The Student Government Association President serves as the Student Regent for one academic year and replaced by his/her successor.

There are seven Board committees: Academic Affairs, Brand Identity and University Relations, Executive and Audit, Finance and Administration, Governance, Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations, and Student Engagement and Campus Life. Board members chair and serve on these committees. Board committees publicly meet the morning of full Board meetings. Members of the Board of Regents include:

Dr. Elaine Farris
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. 

Roger Reynolds

Roger Reynolds

Roger Reynolds began his most recent appointment to the Kentucky State University Board of Regents in 2017. He has previously served on the board.

He is the retired owner and CEO of The Reynolds Group, LLC, a logistics and transportation company providing truckload, intermodal and international services to the manufacturing industry.

Reynolds owned and operated several successful companies with transportation ties throughout his over 30-year career as an entrepreneur.

He has also served on board for the Federal Reserve Bank of Louisville, the Leadership Louisville Foundation, the Kentucky Derby Festival, Metropolitan YMCA, the Louisville Science Center, Goodwill Industries, the Frazier Rehab and Neuroscience Institute and 100 Black Men of Louisville, Inc. 

Reynolds earned his bachelor’s in political science from Kentucky State University. He is also a recipient of the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) distinguished alumni award.  

Paul Harnice

Paul C. Harnice

Paul C. Harnice began his appointment to the Kentucky State University Board of Regents in 2016.

Harnice is currently a member of Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC, and practices in its Frankfort office. He specializes in business litigation, civil litigation, insurance regulation and criminal law.  He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Franklin County Bar Association.

He also currently serves on boards for the Independence Bank of Kentucky and the Frankfort YMCA. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Frankfort Country Club, where he served two terms as president.

Harnice earned his bachelor’s in math from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Ron Banks

Ronald T. Banks

Ronald T. Banks began his appointment to the Kentucky State University Board of Regents in 2017. He has previously served on the board as the staff representative from 2010 to 2013.

Banks served 40 years at Kentucky State as the director of career counseling, placement and cooperative education.

He has served in various roles throughout the community with the Special Olympics, youth sports leagues and became known as the voice of Kentucky State University through his work as the PA announcer for the football team. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Mu. 

Banks earned his bachelor’s in sociology and master’s in counseling from Tennessee State University.

Mindy G. Barfield

Mindy G. Barfield began her appointment to the Kentucky State University Board of Regents in 2010.

Barfield is currently a litigation partner at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, a law firm with 21 offices in nine states and the District of Columbia with a focus on complex commercial litigation, insurance-related litigation and employment law.

Barfield also serves on the Transylvania University Board of Trustees, the Kentucky Bar Association’s Board of Governors, and in leadership positions for numerous non-profits in Lexington such as God’s Pantry Food Bank, Faith Pharmacy and the American Heart Association. She is the past president of the Fayette County Bar Association and the current president of the Fayette County Bar Foundation.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including most recently as the Lawyer of the Year for Lexington in mass torts and class action.

Barfield earned her bachelor’s at Transylvania University, her master’s from George Washington University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law. 

Syamala Reddy

Dr. Syamala H.K. Reddy

Dr. Syamala H.K. Reddy was appointed to the Kentucky State University Board of Regents in 2009.

Reddy is a physician and board-certified ophthalmologist in full-time private practice in Hazard, Kentucky and a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky. Reddy is also a pilot and aviation medical examiner.

Reddy is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, the Kentucky Eye Physicians, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Air Safety Foundation. He is the founding member and secretary of several non-profit organizations, including the Association of Asian Indians in Ophthalmology and the International Medical Society.

Dalton Jantzen

Dalton Jantzen

Dalton Jantzen began his appointment to the Kentucky State University Board of Regents in 2016. He currently serves as the vice-chair.

Jantzen is a retired professor of information technology at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (KCTCS).

He is a 2013 graduate of Kentucky State University, with a degree in computer science.  While there, Jantzen worked with faculty on several grant projects, student’s thesis projects and taught adjunct for the University. 

Jantzen is a 1978 graduate of Meade County High School, a graduate of Western Kentucky University and is currently self-employed as an information technology contractor.