College Presidents Fear More Bad Economic News

Frankfort, KY – With the state scrambling to find revenue in tough economic times, university presidents in Kentucky are ducking for cover. Since 2001, the universities have endured numerous mid-year budget cuts. But with roofs leaking and the school needing almost three million dollars to fix them, Kentucky State University President Mary Sias hopes a new round of cuts isn't coming. "We were able to do about 600-thousand dollars of those repairs. If you do the math, we still have two-point-one million dollars worth of leaky roofs and no money to repair them."

Also asking lawmakers to spare higher education from further cuts was Northern Kentucky University President James Votruba, a University of Kentucky provost and Michael McCall of the Community and Technical College System. All appeared before an education subcommittee in Frankfort.