Items included in state budget passed by legislators and signed by Governor Fletcher
Frankfort, KY: Totally unaware that Kentucky State University needed immediate help in securing funds to meet its federal land grant match requirements, Governor Ernie Fletcher quickly responded when he learned of the problem.
He learned about the problem on March 1, 2005, in a meeting with Mary Sias, President of the historically black university. Brad Cowgill, the State Budget Director, also attended the meeting. At the end of the meeting, Governor Ernie Fletcher assured Dr. Sias that he would use the power of his office to meet the university’s need.
Immediately thereafter, Governor Ernie Fletcher and the members of his administration contacted key members of both the House and Senate Leadership, as well as other members of the General Assembly, about the need for securing additional funding in the budget for KSU’s land grant match.
As a result of these efforts, and the work of many others, KSU now will receive an additional $1.1 million in each year of the biennium to support its land grant program. More importantly, KSU will suffer no loss of federal revenue.
Along with the land grant match, several million dollars were earmarked in the budget for projects at KSU, including:
• $7.4 million for phase two in the renovation of Hathaway Hall
• $5.3 million for the renovation of Young Hall
• $1 million for a variety of projects
“I am committed to improving all institutes of higher learning in the commonwealth, including Kentucky State University,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “More importantly, I am committed to assisting KSU implement its goal to be ranked one day among the top 10 universities for young black students and ultimately becoming not only a school of choice for black students, but for white students and others as well,” Fletcher said.