Former Higher Ed Panel Appointee Wants Reinstated

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - One of the most recognizable names in Kentucky education circles sued the state Friday, asking a judge to return her to a position on the Council on Postsecondary Education.

Virginia Fox, former chief executive of Kentucky Educational Television and a former state education secretary, filed the lawsuit Friday in Franklin County.

Gov. Steve Beshear had replaced Fox on the council with former Lexington Mayor Pam Miller.

Beshear spokesman Jay Blanton said the governor appointed Miller only after lawmakers failed to confirm Fox's appointment. Blanton said Beshear acted properly.

Fox, who was appointed by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher for a term that doesn't expire until 2012, said in court papers that she was confirmed by the Senate but that the House took no formal action.

Fox also is asking that a judge clarify whether gubernatorial appointees need confirmation from both the Senate and House.

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