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Kentucky State University president resigns

Raymond Burse
Raymond Burse

Served in position twice

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 24, 2016) —Raymond M. Burse, who served as the 9th and 14th presidents of Kentucky State University, announced his resignation on Monday. Dr. Candice Love Jackson will be the acting president until further notice.

During his first tenure, from 1982-89, Burse’s main responsibility was implementing the components of Kentucky’s new federally mandated desegregation plan. He oversaw the school’s record enrollment, over $60,000 in capital improvements and significant enhancements in the academic and financial operations of the institution, including opening the Whitney M. Young College of Leadership Studies. During his second tenure, from 2014-16, he successfully argued against across-the-board state funding budget cuts for KSU and set the school on sounder financial footing.

Burse retired from the General Electric Company in 2012 after 17 years, initially as senior counsel then as vice president and general counsel. Before joining GE, he was a partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, in Louisville, from July 1989 to August 1995.

He received B.S. in Chemistry/Mathematics from Centre College in Danville in 1973. While at Centre, he earned a Rhodes Scholarship and attended the University of Oxford where he majored in organic chemistry. Mr. Burse returned to the U.S. to attend Harvard Law School, graduating in 1978.