Former governor is officially installed as college president

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Former Governor Paul Patton is officially installed as the new president of Pikeville College.

People came from across Kentucky to participate in his inauguration ceremony at the college Tuesday afternoon.

Many of the speakers like Congressman Hal Rogers and University of Kentucky President Lee Todd praised Patton's work to improve education while he was governor.

Patton says now he is ready to continue that work at Pikeville College.

State officials installed former Governor Paul Patton as Pikeville College's 18th president in front of hundreds of people.

“It's a good responsibility, but a great honor,” Patton said.

Leaders from across the state believe the nicknamed "education governor" is up to the challenge.

“Paul has always worn his heart on his sleeve when it comes to education and I think this is a perfect fit. I have no doubt Pikeville College will flourish under Paul Patton,” Hal Rogers said.

Several people such as former Pikeville College Presidents, community college leaders, and University of Kentucky President Lee Todd recalled changes and investments he made to secondary education while he was governor and credited his vision for improving higher learning in Kentucky.

Several students welcomed Patton as their college's leader. Patton told them he is here for them and to create a better future for all of Eastern Kentucky.

“We must never lose sight of the ultimate objective. We must also not be bound by limitations,” Patton said.

Patton says he hopes his vision and ideas will keep Pikeville College successful for hundreds of years.

Patton says several things he wants to do are expand the medical school and create a masters of business administration and masters of education programs.


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  • by Dennis Location: Louisville on Feb 17, 2010 at 07:31 AM
    Congradulations Governor/President Patton. You have served this state well and deserve more credit for what you accomplished during your two terms as Governor. My best to you and first lady Judy. I know Pikeville College will be a better place with you as President.
  • by D Location: KY on Feb 17, 2010 at 05:42 AM
    And a new era of backroom deals and outright corruption begins!
  • by john Location: harlan on Feb 16, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    This is a joke, the S.O.B couldn't even run the state as governer, now you going to put him in charge of a college. He cheated on his wife, and god knows what else might be in closet, and you going to trust with a childs education, their future. It is a sad day for pikeville college if this is the best that they could find. If I had child attending their, they would be leaving after this semester.

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