Democrat-Heavy College Boards Run Counter To Kentucky Law

Despite settling a lawsuit years ago to balance the state’s top university boards, Gov. Steve Beshear has made these boards even more politically lopsided. Today they are stacked with Democrats, in violation of state laws, and dominated by trustees who helped bankroll Beshear’s campaigns.

Kentucky Community College Faculty, Staff Ask President Emeritus to Decline Pay

Upset that retired Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael McCall is taking a $324,000 consulting fee when the system has been running in the red, its professors and staff members are asking him to decline the money. McCall retired Jan. 15 after running the statewide system more than 16 years. Well before that, though, the KCTCS Board of Regents granted him a contract paying him his last base salary to serve one year as president emeritus. McCall would serve as an adviser to his successor, Jay Box, and help build leadership-development programs.

But the system’s Kentucky Faculty/Staff Alliance, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers union, called the deal “fiscally irresponsible.” The system finished each of McCall’s last three years with a financial deficit, and union leaders stress that tuition has been raised and teacher raises have been small.