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.