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Madisonville doctor and Owensboro man among Governor Bevin’s appointments to state boards and commissions

Madisonville doctor and Owensboro man among Governor Bevin’s appointments to state boards and commissions

Bill Stephens

April 25th, 2016

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2016) – Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions:

William F. Smith, M.D. has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Retirement Systems for a term expiring March 31, 2019.

  • William F. Smith, M.D., of Madisonville, is replacing Thomas K. Elliott of Louisville.

The Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS) was created in 1956 by the Kentucky General Assembly in order to supplement the benefits provided by Social Security. When the first actuarial valuation was completed June 30, 1957, there were 16,000 employees participating in KERS and assets of $2.8 million. The State Police Retirement System (SPRS) and County Employees Retirement System (CERS) were established in 1958.  Currently, KRS serves over ​​​​348,000​​ active, inactive and​​​ retired members in the combined systems, and administrates approximately ​​​​​​$16.2 billion ​in assets.​

 Linda S. Thompson, Vanda N. Rice, Timothy D. Bates and Matthew R. Hayden have been appointed to the Tourism Development Finance Authority.

  • Linda S. Thompson, of Frankfort, is replacing Jenny L. Gibson of Madisonville, for a term expiring January 31, 2020.
  • Vanda N. Rice, of Manchester, is replacing Eric W. Summe of Cincinnati, Ohio, for a term expiring January 31, 2008.
  • Timothy D. Bates, of Versailles, is representing the film industry, for a term expiring April 21, 2020.
  • Matthew R. Hayden, of Owensboro, is representing individuals with professional experience in financial management or economic development, for a term expiring April 21, 2020.

Kay Alice Berggren has been reappointed to the Tourism Development Finance Authority.

  • Kay Alice Berggren, of Danville, has been reappointed for a term expiring January 31, 2020.

The nine (9) member Tourism Development Finance Authority administers the Tourism Development Loan Program, which provides support for worthy tourism-related projects that provide a substantial economic development benefit to the Commonwealth.

 Dwight Sears, Edwin Orange, Robert M. Billingsley and Mark Wilson have been appointed to the Governor’s Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee.

  • Dwight Sears, of Somerset, is replacing Debbie Hatfield of Somerset, for a term expiring April 14, 2022.
  • Edwin Orange, of Frankfort, is replacing Shae Hopkins of Lexington, for a term expiring April 14, 2022.
  • Robert M. Billingsley, of Smiths Grove, is replacing Katie Beard-Stinnett of Bowling Green, for the remainder of the unexpired term ending April 14, 2020.
  • Mark Wilson, of Fancy Farm, is replacing Teresa Grubbs of Paducah, for the remainder of the unexpired term ending April 14, 2020.

Kimberly S. McCann has been reappointed to the Governor’s Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee.

  • Kimberly S. McCann, of Ashland, has been reappointed for a term expiring April 14, 2022.

The seven (7) member Governor’s Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee submits recommendations to the Governor for vacancies on each of the governing boards of Kentucky’s eight (8) public universities as well as the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents, the Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Authority for Education Television, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority Board of Directors and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation Board of Directors.

George W. Kipphut, Ph.D. has been appointed as the State Geographer.

  • Dr. George W. Kipphut, of Murray, replaces Dr. Matthew Zook of Lexington, for a term expiring January 1, 2017.

Under the provisions of KRS 151.810, the State Geographer works to utilize the facilities of Geography departments of major universities in the state as well to advise state and local officials and agencies on geographic matters, in addition to serving as a resource for teachers of Geography and for publishers of Geography textbooks and atlases.

 Matthew L. Bush, M.D. has been appointed to the Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

  • Dr. Matthew L. Bush, of Nicholasville, replaces Dr. Jan J. Weisberg of Frankfort, representing otolaryngologists, for a term expiring March 6, 2019.

Lynda K. Bracken has been reappointed to the Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

  • Lynda K. Bracken, of Lexington, has been reappointed for a term expiring March 6, 2019.

 The purpose of the Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is to administer and enforce the statutory authority and to monitor the needs of the consuming public.  The board examines and licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession of speech-language pathology and audiology.  It recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equality. The board conducts formal hearings when necessary and prosecutes by due process any violators of KRS 334A.

The board is a self-supporting agency and receives no General Fund tax appropriation. It is funded entirely through fees assessed for licensing its professionals.

 

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