KSU would be 'eviscerated' by budget cuts

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Kentucky State University would be "eviscerated" by large-scale budget cuts proposed by the state, the school's new president said Wednesday.

KSU President William Turner joined the state's top higher education officials to discuss at a legislative hearing the possible affects of 9 percent budget cut. That figure has been suggested as a way to spare primary and secondary education from being cut as the state struggles with a near $400 million budget shortfall.

Turner said the cuts could be doubly bad for KSU - the state's only historically black university - because of years of "complicated, complex and long-standing" under-funding at the institution.

"You talk about doing more with less," Turner told the committee. "At KSU, that's the fight song... 9.1 percent would eviscerate us."

The 9.1 percent cut would be about $2 million of the university's $35.6 million budget, according KSU Budget Director Keith Shipman. It has not been determined what course the university would take to make up for the loss of funding, Shipman said.

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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