of L President John Shumaker, left, Governor Paul
Patton and UK President Lee Todd announce deeper commitment
to collaboration at news conference in Frankfort.
type of advancement and exchange of information is
the guiding principle behind the administration's
reform of postsecondary education. As we move forward
and continue to fund our colleges and universities,
we are going to see more and more results of research
and technology benefiting Kentuckians."
Paul E. Patton, Governor,
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Rusty Cheuvront or
31, 2001 -- (Frankfort, Ky.) --
Governor Paul Patton joined University of Kentucky
President Lee Todd and University of Louisville President
John Shumaker today as the two schools announced plans
to form a new collaborative partnership aimed at enhancing
the state's research potential. The trustees of both
universities were also on hand.
historical meeting was held at the Council for Postsecondary
Education (CPE) after a luncheon at the Governor's
Mansion. The CPE site allowed the universities to
teleconference from their campuses with Governor Patton,
and their trustees and presidents in Frankfort as
a way of explaining plans to establish a statewide
network to enhance biomedical research.
"This type of advancement and exchange of information
is the guiding principle behind the administration's
reform of postsecondary education," Governor Patton
said. "As we move forward and continue to fund our
colleges and universities, we are going to see more
and more results of research and technology benefiting
programs the universities highlighted for Governor
Patton included the Kentucky school of public health,
the universities completing a statewide tele-health
network and clinical care program, expanding the joint
lung cancer research program into the pharmaceutical
production of plant-based drugs and the Kentucky industries
for the future project.
U of L
President Shumaker said, "It is important that we
formalize our collaborative relationships. We want
our faculties to be confident when they seek collaborative
relationships with the other institution, they will
have the full suppprt of both the presidents and the
boards of trustees."
Todd agreed, adding that one area where UK and U of
L cooperation will pay big dividends is when the schools
seek federal assistance for their programs in Washington,
D.C. By working together, Todd said, "We will be able
to fight the war outside the boundaries (of the state)
rather than inside the boundaries."
month, Governor Patton and the two university presidents
announced plans to open a grants office in Washington,
D.C., to help attract more research funding. Governor
Patton took advantage of that meeting with the universities
to share with them the progress being made in all
areas of postsecondary education since 1997 when he
helped author its reform - the "most critical issue
this administration has faced," he said.
enrollment figures, advancements in the state's virtual
university and library programs, support for the community
and technical college system and "Buck for Brains"
were all initiatives Governor Patton mentioned as
high priorities of his office.
need to continue to help our colleges and universities
meet these and other needs in new ways. We have created
trust funds that have helped focus our collective
attention on the areas of increasing enrollments and
retaining more students," he said. "The challenges
we face in Kentucky are too great and the needs of
our fellow Kentuckians are too important to settle
for anything less than a fully cooperative spirit."