Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette A reception was held at the Centre on Main on June 5 for WKU's 10th President, Timothy Caboni.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

A reception was held at the Centre on Main on June 5 for WKU's 10th President, Timothy Caboni.

A reception was held for Western Kentucky University's 10th president, Timothy Caboni, at the Centre on Main on Tuesday, June 5.

Caboni was hired as president of WKU on July 1, 2017.

According to Caboni, there are 165 Grayson County residents currently registered as students at WKU, and 1,200 Grayson County residents are alumni of WKU.

Per Caboni's bio on WKU's website, "During his inaugural year as president, Caboni is leading a comprehensive strategic planning process to serve as a roadmap for WKU's next decade of growth."

Caboni said during his presidency at the University, he has several goals that will benefit WKU and the region.

First, according to Caboni, he plans to build an Innovation Campus that will benefit the entire region. He said this campus will give students the opportunity to collaborate with businesses and laboratories throughout the region. He said this will allow WKU to form partnerships and invest in the community.

Another goal Caboni has is to build a first year village south of WKU's campus that will group 12-16 students with common goals. He said that these students will live and take classes together and each group will have a special faculty advisor, specific to their goals.

According to Caboni, the trip to Leitchfield is the beginning of several weeks of traveling to all 27 counties in WKU's service area.

He said, "We want to understand the economy for each of our counties."

Caboni wants to invite everyone to visit the campus to see all that WKU has to offer.