Jane and I were very sad to learn of Bob Sexton's passing.
"...a passionate advocate for improved education in Kentucky."
-- Senate President David Williams
"...his heart was in the classroom and doing everything
he could for public school students in the state.
This is a great loss for every public school student in the state.
They have lost a great advocate.”
-- Sharron Oxendine, KEA
“never met an advocate who worked harder for
seeking better opportunities for the children of this state.”
-- Brad Hughes, KSBA
This from Jim Warren at H-L:
Robert F. Sexton, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and a major force for education in Kentucky for 30 years, died Thursday night.
Sexton, who lived in Lexington, had been battling cancer since last year, although a co-worker said Friday that Sexton's death was unexpected.
A Louisville native, Sexton had headed the Prichard committee since its creation in 1983. He also had been deputy director of the Kentucky Council on Higher Education, now known as the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and was an administrator at the University of Kentucky and a professor of history.
Sexton, 68, earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his doctorate in history from the University of Washington. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.
He probably was most widely known for directing the Prichard Committee, a statewide non-partisan group that advocated for better education across Kentucky.
But Sexton also helped found the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program and the Commonwealth Institute for Teachers; was founder and president of the Kentucky Center for Public Issues; and chaired the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington. Sexton served on numerous boards, commissions and panels that addressed education, low-performing schools and other aspects of education.
He was author of a 2004 book, Mobilizing Citizens for Better Schools, published by Teachers College Press of Columbia University.
Bob, 68, died Thursday night, August 26, 2010, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center following a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Pam, and children Rebecka Sexton, Robert Sexton, Ouita Michel (Chris), Paige Papka Richardson, Perry Papka, granddaughters Willa Dru and Lily Kathryn and the Prichard Committee staff. Memorial plans are pending.