Thomas Layzell has served over 40 years in a variety of positions in public higher education and has been a system head since 1984, serving as Executive Director and Chancellor of the Illinois Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities from 1984 to 1995 and the Commissioner of Higher Education in Mississippi from 1995 to 2003, before coming to Kentucky as President of the Council.
Layzell retired as President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education on April 15, 2007. Under his leadership, more people than ever before enrolled in postsecondary and adult education and earning degrees, certificates and diplomas. In 2005, the Council announced a preliminary 19 percent increase in the number of degrees conferred by the public colleges and universities.
Earlier I nhis career, he worked at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, from 1969 to 1976, advancing to the position of Vice President for Administration. He also served as a staff member at the Illinois Board of Higher Education from 1966 – 1969.
Layzell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and both a Juris Doctorate in law and a Master’s of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?
What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?
Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?
Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?
What challenges do our returning veterans face?
How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?
How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?
How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?»»» View all Topics!