LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse is set to resign.

This is according to a release issued on Monday morning.

Burse's resignation takes effect on Friday, May 27. Burse, a Louisville attorney, served as president of Kentucky State University during two tenures.

He took several high-profile steps to give pay raises to lower-paid staff and increase state funding at a time other public universities had to cut budgets.

Two very different pictures are painted of Burse from the students and teachers who make up his campus. Some believe he's been one of the university's best leaders.

"He was moving us in the right direction to where the campus can get stable, to where students would want to come here and go to school," said KSU staffer Donna Carter.

Others say he got rid of people who made the university great.

"There were a lot of important people that students and my peers looked up to, that kind of got let go or fired at the time, and we were asking why," graduate student Adam Crews said.

Burse released the following statement:

It has been a tremendous honor serving KSU, a school I love so much, as well as serving our faculty and staff, and most importantly, our students. As a university president, I had the honor of meeting and preparing our state and world’s future leaders – in nursing, education, agriculture-related fields, law, the arts, public administration and politics. For me, that job was an extremely personal one, having seen my own life changed forever through the power of obtaining an education. I am extremely proud of what has been accomplished here the past two years and of knowing that KSU is on an upward trajectory. When I answered the call to serve as interim president two years ago, I did so with the understanding that my job was to put KSU on solid footing so that the school would not shutter. Under my leadership, KSU is back on the path to excellence. At this juncture, I have decided that the further demands and challenges of Kentucky State must be undertaken by new leadership. I have come to this conclusion after nearly six months of personal assessments and evaluations, which has resulted in my resignation as president, effective May 27, 2016. I look forward to returning to Louisville and spending more time with my wife Kim and family.


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