The president of Kentucky State University says his institution cannot withstand funding cuts in Governor Matt Bevin’s budget.
On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss the 130-year-old historically black college, it’s past and current role in the Commonwealth and it’s future in light of the proposed cuts.
Dr. Donald Lyons: Since his entrance to Kentucky State as a freshman in 1964, Dr. Lyons has held many positions including library director and athletic director for the University. He now serves as the Executive Director for the University’s foundation and remains active in the university community.
Dr. Ed Powe: Dr. Powe left Sears and Roebuck to work as the Director of the Office of Educational Outreach for KYSU, where he served for 14 years. During his tenure, Dr. Powe developed KYSU’s successful Summer Transportation Institute, as well as a program to help minorities and women enter the construction field. Since 2005, Dr. Powe has continued his work in empowering Kentucky’s youth through his work with the Kiwanis Club of Frankfort, where he now serves on the board of directors.
Dr. Aaron Thompson: Dr. Aaron Thompson is currently on leave from his position as a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at EKU. He is currently working as the Executive Vice President of the Council for Postsecondary Education, for which he has spent his time in Frankfort, advocating for higher education during this year’s legislative session.
Jim Waters: Jim Waters is president at the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, a . Waters spent more than two decades in newspapers and radio stations as a reporter, editor and anchor. At the Bluegrass Institute, Jim works with Kentuckians, grassroots organizations,
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