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Kentucky State University no longer facing closure, president says

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KSU President Raymond Burse KSU President Raymond Burse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Kentucky State University is no longer in danger of closing, President Raymond M. Burse wrote in a newsletter released Friday.

Burse had warned in February that the historically black college faced dire consequences including possible closure if the higher education budget cuts proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin materialized.

However the 2016-2018 budget adopted by state lawmakers last month exempts Kentucky State from cuts and even adds some funding for the university, Burse wrote.

“I am here today to say that Kentucky State University is not closing, and it will have continued existence (at least 130 more years) ahead of it developing to where we must be for our tomorrow,” Burse wrote.

The Frankfort university, which has struggling with declining enrollment and unpaid tuition bills, needs to focus on “continu(ing) to enroll, retain and graduate students,” Burse wrote.

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