KSU president's acts of kindness get worldwide attention

08/26/2014 05:33 PM

Dr. Raymond Burse just began serving as the interim president of Kentucky State University in July, but he’s already brought international notoriety to the school.

The KSU Board of Regents named Burse to take over as interim president of Kentucky State University on July 1 after the retirement of Mary Evans Sias.

Burse, previously served as president at KSU from 1982 to 1989. Later, he was an executive at General Electric for 17 years before retiring from that company in 2012.

However, less than 2 months on the job, Burse has brought worldwide attention to Kentucky’s smallest state university by giving part of his salary up to go toward raising the wages of some of the school’s lowest paid employees.

Even though Burse’s contract is only for one year, the increased salary for the university’s minimum wage employees is expected to continue after his tenure as KSU is looking to adopt a minimum salary of $10.25 per hour for full-time employees.

Burse also gave a donation to KSU senior defensive end Deshon Floyd who was raising money for an internship overseas. Burse’s donation to Floyd was part of a program on the campus called “100 days of Pay It Forward Frankfort” in which individuals do a random act of kindness for another individual.

When he was a student, Burse himself, was a Rhoads Scholar.


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