Visiting Congressman Geoff Davis asked the small crowd assembled in Otto Budig Theater on Sept.. 2 how much money a university president needs. “All of it!” several voices shouted in unison. “A little bit more,” Davis said.
That’s always been true for Northern Kentucky University.
As the youngest university in the state of Kentucky, NKU has always struggled to gain monetary means for campus improvements.
Davis is trying to change that. He was on campus to accept thanks for his involvement in securing the funds needed to build a connector road from the AA/I-275 highway. Davis named Senator Jim Bunning as one who had considerable influence in securing the funds for the connector road. “If you ever hear anyone say ‘I did this,’ cast him out of your fellowship and stone him,” Davis said.
NKU President James Votruba thanked Davis personally. “This new connector road will help make our campus a safer place and provide the type of campus environment that every top-notch university should have,” he said.
Student Government President Jen Perry also addressed Davis. “Student Government presidents long before me were asked by students to do something about the pedestrian vehicle conflict on campus,” she said. Perry believes that the conflict was addressed by the speed bumps, but not solved. What was needed, she said, was a new road in order to create a better college environment. “Congressman, your work will allow this to happen and our students appreciate it,” Perry said.
Elected in November 2004, Davis represents Kentucky’s 4th District. Davis sits on the Armed Services Committee with assignments on the Subcommittee on Terrorism, and the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. He also sits on the Financial Services Committee with assignments on the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity and the Subcommittee for Oversight and Investigations.