Leaders offer tribute to Prichard Committee's Bob Sexton

08/27/2010 01:56 PM

State leaders on Friday issued statements recognizing the contributions of long-time education advocate Bob Sexton, who died Thursday night at 68.

Sexton had been executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence since the committee was formed in 1983 as a grassroots organization aimed at examining and pushing for ways to improve education in Kentucky.

“The committee will honor his legacy by continuing the important work that framed his career of public service,” said the committee’s statement.

Sexton, a graduate of Yale University who held a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington, also was a founder of the Governor’s Scholars Program.

“His passing leaves an enormous void in our state,” said a statement from Gov. Steve Beshear. “Many Kentuckians may not realize the revolutionary impact Bob had on shaping our state’s education practices, but it is not an exaggeration to say that Bob Sexton has influenced and enriched the education experience for generations of students.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with his wife Pam and their family.

“The most fitting memorial to Bob Sexton will be for us to continue to build on the enduring legacy of quality education he has left us,” Beshear’s statement said.

Attorney General Jack Conway said he admired Sexton’s “dedication to transforming the educational landscape of Kentucky.”

“Bob’s record of fighting for education reform in every corner of our commonwealth is a legacy that will continue improving the lives of Kentuckians for generations to come.”

Sexton had been battling cancer for the last year but his death Thursday night was unexpected, the Herald-Leader’s Jim Warren reported.

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