Paul E. Patton, president of Pikeville College, became the Council's chair February 1, 2009. He served as governor of Kentucky from 1995 to 2003. One of Patton’s accomplishments as governor was to help reform higher education in Kentucky and the passage of the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997. As governor, Patton also served as chair of the Southern Regional Education Board, the Southern Growth Policies Board, the Education Commission of the States, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the President’s Commission on the High School Senior Year, the National Education Goals Panel, the Democrat Governor's Association, and the National Governor's Association. During his tenure as lieutenant governor from 1991 to 1995 he also served as secretary of economic development. He has served as county judge executive of Pike County. Governor Patton holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He has an honorary doctor degree of public service from the University of Louisville. His term on the Council expires December 31, 2013.
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