MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - The Morehead State University Board of Regents is asking state lawmakers to reject a proposal that would add the private University of Pikeville to Kentucky's public university system.
The regents voted unanimously on Friday to ask the Kentucky General Assembly not to bring Pikeville into the system over concerns that it would dilute already dwindling funding and draw away students from the region.
The Independent reported that Paul Goodpaster, vice chairman of the board, said 12 counties considered to be in Morehead's service area would be shifted to Pikeville. The Rowan County Fiscal Court earlier this week passed a similar resolution opposing the measure.
MSU President Wayne Andrews said the inclusion of Pikeville would hurt their state funding by dividing it further among more schools.