Gov. Beshear signs executive order to protect KSU’s financial future


FILE – In this Sunday, May 3, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a news conference at the state’s Emergency Operations Center at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., about the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, May 8, 2020, a federal court halted Beshear’s temporary ban on mass gatherings from applying to in-person religious services, clearing the way for Sunday church services. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has signed an executive order to help Kentucky State University regain financial stability.

This comes after the university’s president M. Christopher Brown II resigned. Brown has also submitted his resignation to the board of regents.

Beshear’s office says the order ensures the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is empowered and has the necessary tools to provide guidance and oversight during the review.

“My administration will continue to support KSU and work with the interim leadership, regents and the Council on Postsecondary Education to keep students and the future of the university at the forefront, and ensure stability and transparency at one of our vital institutions.

“KSU has been a unique and essential institution in the commonwealth for more than a century, serving generations of students as Kentucky’s historically Black land-grant university. My administration is committed to getting KSU through this so that the school can continue to provide high-quality education to students for generations to come.”

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D)

In the executive order, the Governor directed:

  • CPE shall provide an assessment of the current financial status of KSU, and report it to the Governor detailing its assessment prior to providing recommendations concerning appropriations for the next biennial budget.
  • KSU shall provide CPE access to any records CPE deems necessary to preparing its assessment.
  • CPE shall assist the KSU Board of Regents in developing a management and improvement plan with goals and measurable metrics, which shall be subject to the approval of CPE.
    • The management and improvement plan shall be designed to assist with organizational and financial stability.
    • The management and improvement plan shall provide for continuing oversight by, and reporting to, CPE concerning the implementation of the plan.
  • CPE shall make recommendations to the KSU Board of Regents concerning the KSU administrative structure and leadership.

CPE President Aaron Thompson said, “The Council on Postsecondary Education is poised and ready to provide our assistance to the leadership of Kentucky State University as they move forward. KSU is vitally important to our higher education landscape as our state’s only public historically Black university, and as such, we are committed to its unequivocal success. While we’ve been monitoring recent developments, our next step is to gather necessary information so we can provide as much assistance as possible.”

“We appreciate the support of Gov. Beshear and the Council on Postsecondary Education,” said Dr. Elaine Farris, chair of the Kentucky State University Board of Regents. “We look forward to partnering with the administration, Dr. Thompson, and the council to do what’s best for Kentucky State, our students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

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