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Rep. Rogers Meets With Kentucky Private College Presidents; Pledges Support for Federal Student Aid


Pictured with Rogers are, from left: Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities President Gary S. Cox; University of Pikeville President Paul Patton; Mid-Continent University President Robert J. Imhoff; Centre College President John A. Roush; St. Catharine College President William D. Huston; Rogers; Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr.; University of the Cumberlands President James H. Taylor; and Asbury University President Sandra G. Gray. (Photo courtesy: Risdon Photography)

WASHINGTON -- The presidents of seven of Kentucky's 20 private colleges and universities met with U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers on Tuesday before Rogers addressed the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. Rogers, who is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, criticized part of President Obama's higher-education plan, which was proposed last week.

“I was really irritated,” said Rogers of Somerset, whose 5th District includes four Kentucky private colleges and universities. “That’s not the job of the president of the United States.”

In his remarks, Rogers told a room full of NAICU presidents: “What you charge tuition is your business.”

Rogers also told the audience that his committee would make support of the Pell Grant program a priority.

“I remain committed to working with you to continue to ensure students receive this important source of financial aid," he said.

Story Courtesy: Duane Bonifer

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