KSU President: School could close under Bevin budget cuts
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/AP) – Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse says Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed budget cuts could require the school to close.
Burse sent a letter Monday to his colleagues informing them of the crisis. Burse says Bevin’s proposed budget gives KSU two options: to declare financial exigency, or come up with a closure plan.
Governor Bevin is proposing cutting state funding to universities by four and a half percent for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. He wants to cut funding by nine percent over the following two years.
Burse says that when he became president in fall 2014, he faced a budget with an operating deficit of seven million dollars. Since then, he says the university hasn’t been able to get ahead due to declining enrollment.
The Governor’s Office says Bevin continues to talk about the possible impact of the budget with all University presidents.
The Legislature has until April to pass a budget.
Watch the video to see what some students say about the possibility of closing.