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CPE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE APPROVES CONTRACT FOR INTERIM PRESIDENT

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 11, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
502-573-1555
Cell: 502-330-6596, ext. 308
Sue.Patrick@ky.gov
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     The Executive Committee of the Council on Postsecondary Education approved an employment agreement today for its incoming interim president, Dr. Richard Crofts, the former commissioner of higher education in both Mississippi and Montana. 

     The employment agreement spells out the terms of the contract as well as his primary responsibilities.

     The six-and-a-half month contract begins June 16 and runs through Dec. 31, 2008, with an option to renew for three one-month periods. The extensions may be necessary as the Council conducts a national search for a permanent president.

     Crofts will receive a monthly salary of $25,416.67, the standard benefits available to all state employees, and a standard-issued car from the state fleet.

     In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Council, Crofts’ duties will include:

    • revamping the tuition-setting process by November,
    • strenthening working relationships with key legislators and executive branch officials, university presidents and board chairs,
    • serving as the principal advisor to the Governor, legislative branch, Education Cabinet, and community and business leaders on matters related to the postsecondary and adult education systems,
    • serving as the principal liaison between the postsecondary education institutions and the Council and Council staff,
    • identifying key issues relative to postsecondary education reform goals by meeting with each university president and board chair, including the KCTCS president and board chair, prior to the September 28-29 Governor’s Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship.

     Crofts graduated from Georgetown College in 1962 and earned a doctorate from Duke University in 1969.

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