Stumbo openly supports UPike's possible transition to public university
As state officials weigh a proposal to transform the University of Pikeville from a private institution to a public one, one of the stateâ€™s most powerful leaders has thrown his full support to the idea.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) released a statement Wednesday saying he sees a need for such a state-supported university in Eastern Kentucky. After the proposal came to light, there was some opposition, most notably from Morehead State University President Wayne Andrews who says a study should be conducted that examines "many questions."
Stumbo retaliated by saying no studies were needed, and that it's obvious that they're not performing the job that needs to be done. Stumbo said a simple review of education statistics in the area proves the need for such a move. He said that while the state has made some progress in combating poverty in its Appalachian region, higher education is â€œthe last piece of the puzzleâ€ that hasnâ€™t been tackled.