FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Former Gov. Paul Patton, who reshaped Kentucky higher education a decade ago, was given a new role Friday with his appointment to the council in charge of coordinating the vast postsecondary education system.
Patton was one of three people chosen by Gov. Steve Beshear to fill vacancies on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The appointments come at a challenging time of budget cuts for universities and higher tuition for students.
The 16-member council also is searching for its new higher education chief. Richard A. Crofts, a veteran higher education official, was selected as the council's interim president recently until a permanent chief is hired.
Patton said in an interview Friday he was pleased to join the council, which received more authority from the 1997 higher education overhaul he championed.
The other appointees to the postsecondary education council Friday were former Lexington Mayor Pam Miller and Paducah attorney Glenn Denton.
Council members are chosen by the governor, with consent of the House and Senate. Patton's appointment is effective immediately for a term expiring at the end of 2013.