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Kentucky's university and college presidents met Wednesday evening with Governor Matt Bevin and state legislators to discuss the budget impasse. The main roadblock between the House and Senate is the proposed funding cuts to higher education.

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Eastern Kentucky University is moving forward with capital construction projects on its Richmond campus.  The school’s president says the governor’s proposed funding cuts will not sway EKU’s revitalization strategies.

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Thirty-three year old Dan McHale was formally introduced this morning at Eastern Kentucky University as the new the men's basketball coach.

University President Michael Benson noted that McHale has little time to relish his new position.

Cost cutting plans at Eastern Kentucky University were endorsed Friday by the school’s next president.  Doctor Michael Benson, who takes over as president this August, agreed to disassemble Continuing Education and Outreach at E-K-U…eliminating its top two officials.

The school will also review its regional campus program, close its center at Fort Knox and re-purpose its campus in Lancaster.   Benson also agreed to higher tuition at the Model Lab school, and at the Burrier Child Development Center. 

The price for a president is going up at Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU’s new President will earn two-thirds more than its outgoing CEO.

The new president at Eastern Kentucky University will earn 400-thousand dollars a year…a big increase over what Dr. Michael Benson earned at Southern Utah University.  His job there as president  grossed over 281-thousand dollars a year. 

It’s also more than the $250-thousand paid to EKU’s current president, but a hundred thousand dollars less than the annual salary earned by the president at the University of Kentucky.