Bob King

Rob Canning, WKMS

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King says Kentucky’s recent strides in economic recovery have not been reflected in its funding for higher education.

The CPE was at Murray State University Tuesday evening as part of its series of town hall debates to gather input on the new five-year strategic initiative plan.

An audience of about 100 educators, business leaders and local and state government officials were present for the forum in MSU's Freed Curd Auditorium.

One of the key challenges outlined in King's presentation was finding alternative funding.

State Funding

Since the 2008 recession, Kentucky colleges have had to cut budgets and raise tuition in light of reduced state appropriations. Although some state experts say the Commonwealth is now on an economic upswing, King says colleges are still struggling to maintain quality programs with reduced funding levels.

Kentucky Higher Ed Leader Heading National Group

Oct 3, 2014
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King is now heading up the national organization that represents and oversees higher education on behalf of the states.

King was elected chairman of the Executive Committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. He stepped into the new post this week for a one-year term.

He will preside over the organization's annual meeting and meetings of its executive committee. He will also advise and oversee the work of the organization's president and appoint committee chairmen.

The Kentucky council said King will also help shape the association's policy direction in areas including student completion, affordability, data usage and other issues and will participate in discussions about helping students achieve college degrees and credentials.

Kentucky CPE Looks to Other States for Alternative Higher Ed Funding Examples

Sep 3, 2014
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education wants a united front when pressing legislators for a third consecutive year for performance funding for state universities.

In a meeting Wednesday, CPE President Bob King said he wants to give legislators a clear option that achieves good for the state. But he says the CPE can’t do it without the legislators help.

“While we would like you to match the amount we are willing to put of our current base at risk, whether that’s 2 percent, 3 percent, 8 percent, whatever it is,” King said. “I think it’s a way of demonstrating good faith to them, whether it’s reciprocated with some good faith back who the hell knows?”

CPE committee members are looking to successful states—Tennessee, Indiana and Mississippi—where at least a portion of funds are tied to outcomes like graduation rate or course completion.

“My hope is that we can end up with a process that allows every campus to feel they’re being treated fairly. Ultimately what we want is every campus to be treated adequately, meeting House Bill 1 (1997), and that through that we can best serve the needs of Kentucky and the people we educate.”

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

The president of the Council on Postsecondary Education will remain in Kentucky, at least for now. 

Bob King was one of three finalists for the presidency of the University of Wisconsin System.  Dr. King was eliminated from the search process following interviews in Wisconsin on Monday. 

Dr. King has led the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education since 2009. 

Before then, he was Chancellor of the State University of New York.

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