Gateway college foundation payout to ex-president questioned

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) – The retired president of Northern Kentucky’s state community college will soon begin receiving a $348,000 incentive that the president of the board says he was unaware of.

The 2014 incentive plan was obtained by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting through a public records request. The payout to retired President G. Edward Hughes comes not from Gateway Community & Technical College, but from its associated nonprofit Gateway Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to “raise funds and awareness for Gateway,” but the payout has some officials questioning whether Hughes used it for personal enrichment.

Board of Directors President Jeff Groob said the money would be better spent on scholarships for struggling students.

Hughes did not respond to requests for comment from the center.