Lexington, Ky. – University of Kentucky General Counsel William E. Thro has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the National Education Finance Academy, formerly named the National Education Finance Conference.
Based at the University of Cincinnati, the mission of the National Education Finance Academy is “to provide a forum truly focused on school finance to enhance education for both young and adult learners. The conference provides a venue for collaboration among legislators, postsecondary education, school district and state agency personnel, professional organizations, and researchers concerned with the importance of equity, adequacy, and efficiency concepts that affect state, local, and federal revenue generation, distribution, and expenditures.”
Thro has written extensively on constitutional issues in educational contexts with a particular emphasis on school finance litigation. His scholarly work has been recognized with Stetson University’s Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy Scholarship, the National Education Finance Conference’s Distinguished Research Fellow Award, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys’ Fellow Award.
A former solicitor general of Virginia, Thro has a distinguished record of service to academic, professional and civic organizations including serving as president of the Education Law Association, chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section, board chair for a local Red Cross Chapter, and editorial board chair for the Journal of College and University Law, to name a few. He joined UK’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2012.
In addition to being elected to the National Education Finance Academy’s Board of Trustees, Thro also presented on recent developments in school finance litigation during the organization’s sixth annual conference Feb. 10-12 in Jacksonville, Florida.