Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education
Pam Miller named chair of Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 03, 2012  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

The Council on Postsecondary Education has announced that vice-chair Pam Miller is the new chair of the Council. She replaces chair Paul E. Patton who resigned from the Council on Friday due to his interest in advocating that the University of Pikeville become a state university.

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Miller to the Council in June 2008. She has served as vice chair for two years.

“Pam Miller has a proven history of bold leadership in education as an educator, as a former chair of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, and more recently with her extensive work with the Council to improve student success in higher education and adult education,” said Council President Bob King.

Miller is the former mayor of Lexington-Fayette County, serving from 1993 to 2003. Prior to that, she was a longtime member of the Urban County Council from 1974 to 1977 and 1980 to 1993. In addition to teaching history and French in Connecticut, she worked for the Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C., and the Boston Globe. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Miller said she is looking forward to advancing higher education for Kentuckians.

"Governor Patton has left some huge shoes to fill at the Council on Postsecondary Education, but I am honored to step in and continue the progress that we are making toward improved student success in Kentucky,” said Miller.

The Council is a statewide coordinating agency whose board is comprised of 15 members, including 13 citizens, one faculty member, and one student appointed by the Governor. The Commissioner of Education is an ex-officio member.


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Last Updated 1/3/2012