paul patton

A familiar face is returning to the helm of the University of Pikeville.

Pikeville College President Paul Patton served two terms as Kentucky's governor, but his first-term accomplishments likely will be his legacy.  And the reason is higher education reform.  In 1997, two years into his first term, Patton convinced lawmakers to approve a comprehensive package of post-secondary education reforms. The most controversial prong required the University of Kentucky to relinquish control of the state's community and technical colleges.

Name Change at Pikeville College

May 9, 2011

Pikeville College has changed its name. It will soon be the University of Pikeville. University President Paul Patton says it’s a name the eastern Kentucky school earned many years ago.

“Well, the definition of a university is a college that also offers graduate programs, which we do and have for many years.  And, the name should try to indicate to people the kind of institution that you are,” said Patton.

Besides hosting a school of osteopathic medicine, Patton says the university will soon offer a master of business administration.