Rep. Rollins resigns from House as he's named CEO of Ky. Higher Education Assist. Authority

04/24/2013 09:19 AM

UPDATED: State Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, submitted his resignation from the House Tuesday, as he prepared to take over the state agency that helps students pay for college.

The board for the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority — a state agency — named Rollins the CEO and executive director on Wednesday. He also will oversee the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation, a non-profit for which Rollins had been working.

Because the Higher Education Assistance Authority is a state agency, Rollins could not, by law, take the new job and serve as a member of the legislature. In addition, he said in a phone interview, he wouldn’t be able to keep up with the workload of both.

“It’s a big step up,” he said, adding that he will now oversee 350 employees.

Rollins, who was first elected to the state House in 2006, informed Gov. Steve Beshear in a letter Tuesday that he had accepted a job with the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation that would require him to resign from the legislature.

Rollins represented Woodford County and parts of Franklin and western Fayette counties. And he served as the chairman of the House Education Committee.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you and with all of my colleagues in the General Assembly, but it is now time for me to accept more responsibility in my personal life,” Rollins said in the letter to Beshear. “I look forward to working with you and your administration in this new position as we continue to expand opportunities for students to pursue post-secondary education.”

Rollins resignation from the elected position of Representative of the 56th House district will be effective at the close of business on Wednesday.

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