Pam Miller and Dan Flanagan to lead CPE

The Council on Postsecondary Education elected Pam Miller of Lexington as chair and Dan Flanagan of Campbellsville as vice chair. Both will serve one-year terms.

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Miller to the Council in June 2008. She has served as vice chair for two years.

“I am honored to chair the Council at this critical time in our history when the universities and K-12 public schools are collaborating so closely and successfully to improve student success in Kentucky,” said Miller.

Miller is the former mayor of Lexington-Fayette County, serving from 1993 to 2003, and previously was a longtime member of the Urban County Council from 1974 to 1977 and 1980 to 1993. Miller is a former chair of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. In addition to teaching history and French in Connecticut, she worked for the Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Flanagan, who was first appointed to the CPE in 2005, is now in his second term having been re-appointed by Beshear. He resumes the post of vice chair, which he held previously for three one-year terms.

“These are tough budget times, but I am confident that Kentucky will continue making gains in educational attainment and in the quality of our workforce by focusing on our priorities and achieving greater efficiencies,” said Flanagan.

Flanagan operates a large farming business and is a retired pastor. He has held several positions in state government, including deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and various positions at Campbellsville University.

He holds degrees from the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Campbellsville University.

The Council is a statewide coordinating agency whose board is comprised of 15 members, including 13 citizens, one faculty member, and one student appointed by the Governor. The Commissioner of Education is an ex-officio member.