- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Former Kentucky State University President Raymond M. Burse is returning as interim president next month.

Burse will step in to lead the school following current President Mary Evans Sias’ announcement May 9 that she is retiring.

Media report that Burse’s appointment runs through next June, or until a permanent president is chosen.

Burse was president of the university from 1982 to 1989. He went on to become an executive at General Electric Co., retiring in 2012.

He is a 1973 graduate of Centre College, where he earned a Rhodes Scholarship and studied at the University of Oxford, majoring in organic chemistry. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978.

“Raymond is uniquely qualified to serve the institution at this juncture,” Karen Bearden, chair of the KSU Board of Regents, said in a statement. “His knowledge of KSU, his commitment to higher education and his executive leadership experience will be assets during the 2014-2015 academic year.”

In the statement, Burse said, “It is indeed an honor to be called on to serve KSU in this capacity and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities to help move KSU forward.”

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