Raymond Burse, Hero of the Week

 

 

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This is Raymond Burse and I will tell you why he is the “Hero of the Week.”  He is a very bright talented man who gained publicity when he was chosen a Rhodes Scholar during his academic years, studying Chemistry at Oxford University. On returning to the United States, he  studied and graduated from Harvard Law School.  He later  worked and excelled as an executive  at General Electric in the appliance section.  Now he is the interim president of Kentucky State University. I think we can all agree that Mr. Burse is an impressive man.

Now he has  chosen to make a statement  to improve the lives of his new family at Kentucky State University.  On his second interview for interim president, he surprise the members of the governing board by announcing his intention, if chosen.  His plan was  to increase the minimum wage of the lowest paid employees from $7.25 to $10.10 from his own salary.  This was a cut in salary for him of $90,000 !   He is a very humble man who is quick to say that his pension from GE enables and fuels  his generosity.

Mr. Burse says he wanted to encourage all the members of the University family to feel that the sky is the limit and feel they are both valued for their work and invested in the family.  Mr. Burse grew up as a very poor  boy in rural Kentucky.  He has made minimum wage and has family who have as well.  He has dreamed and lived the American Dream of hard work  leading to success.  Now, Mr. Burse is working not only to restore fiscal responsibility to Kentucky State, but to pass along his dream , not for himself this time, but for  his new family ! Without a doubt, he is a hero !

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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2 Responses to Raymond Burse, Hero of the Week

  1. shaunynews says:

    What an amazing guy. ‘Paying it forward’ for sure. He lived the ‘American Dream’
    Pity the ‘American Dream’ stories are not full of more ‘Raymond Burse’ type people and not greedy people taking, knowing another is on the street begging for food.

    Inspired, I am..
    Great share Anne.. x

  2. annetbell says:

    Yes, and you in Scotland have a prime example of a generous leader in former First Minister Alex Salmond who give 1/3 of his salary to the poor because he feels that public servants should serve the people and not be paid such huge salaries. . What a wonderful idea ! Thanks Shaun !

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