Former Governor Backs Gov. Beshear In Agency Exec Dispute

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Former Gov. Paul Patton says Gov. Steve
Beshear is right in challenging the Council on Postsecondary
Education in the hiring of Brad Cowgill as its president.

Patton spearheaded Kentucky higher education reforms in 1997 and
was governor from 1995 to 2003.

He said the law intends for the council president to one of the
nation's most highly respected posts and said Cowgill doesn't have
the background in education administration needed for the job nor
strong enough knowledge about how universities operate.

Cowgill was former Gov. Ernie Fletcher's state budget director
before becoming the council's interim president in September.

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