Council on Postsecondary Education
STATEMENT OF BRAD COWGILL, PRESIDENT
Note to media—There will be no further comment today from President Cowgill.
Today I announce my resignation as president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. I do this for one reason: in the foreseeable future, it would be necessary to devote excessive time and effort to unproductive activities, denying me the satisfaction of fruitful work.
I was drawn to this position by my desire to make a meaningful contribution in aligning the Commonwealth’s always-limited resources to our statewide postsecondary education goals.
During my eight month tenure, there has arisen within the Council a consensus agenda that focuses on affordability, performance funding, accountability and the state’s Double the Numbers educational attainment goal. The Council determined from my track record here that my experience and qualifications would be a good match with its long-term agenda.
I am not aware of any dissimilarity between the Council’s postsecondary education agenda and that of Governor Beshear. Iin the last two weeks, he has shown a determined interest in the Council’s presidency, contending that the organization must duplicate last year’s search and must exclude me from it.
I have no desire to wage a battle with the Governor over this matter. It would unduly harm Kentucky’s postsecondary education reform efforts, and the positive momentum that has been achieved to this point.
It has been a great pleasure to have had the opportunity to work over the past eight months with a deeply committed staff and outstanding board members. The Council’s work is nationally respected and should be a source of great pride to the Commonwealth.
The effective date of my resignation will be worked out with the Council to provide a seamless transition to new leadership.
Kentucky is in the middle of the most dramatic economic and social transformation in its history. Double the Numbers: Kentucky’s Plan to Increase College Graduates explains that increasing bachelor’s degrees is the quickest, most direct way for Kentucky to increase its economic prosperity. College graduates earn more, are healthier, create a more robust economy, and enjoy a higher quality of life. The Double the Numbers plan outlines five statewide strategies for Kentucky to achieve this ambitious, but achievable goal. While this effort will not be easy, the benefits of Doubling the Numbers will be felt by all Kentuckians.