Scott Pruitt's Educational Background
Why He’s Earned Our Notice:
Confirmed on February 17th of 2017, Scott Pruitt is our nation’s newest Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. In his new position, Pruitt assumes responsibility for protecting both the environment and human health through legislation; to accomplish this goal, former administrators have passed items including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Endangered Species Preservation Act, and the Air Pollution Control Act. Like much of Trump’s cabinet, Pruitt’s appointment sparked controversy. In his time as the Attorney General of Oklahoma, Pruitt stood in opposition to both the EPA agenda and the scientific consensus on climate change.
In other words, he’s the fox in the henhouse.
Personal Life and Educational Background:
Edward Scott Pruitt came into the world on May 9th of 1968. While born in Danville, he grew up in Lexington. At Lafayette, where he attended high school, the future politician made a name for himself on the gridiron and the baseball diamond. His sportsmanship earned him a baseball scholarship to the University of Kentucky. However, after just a year there, he transferred to Georgetown College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in both political science and communications.
After graduating from the university of Kentucky in 1990, Pruitt enrolled at the University of Tulsa to complete his Juris Doctorate. He completed his last degree in 1993.
- University of Kentucky (UK): The UK is a public co-educational institution located in Lexington. In addition to being the largest college in Kentucky, it’s also the best ranked for research activity. As of 2016, the school offered 93 undergraduate, 99 masters, and more than 60 doctoral programs. In the past decade, UK has turned much of its funding towards increasing its research activity.
- Georgetown College: With less than 2,000 students on campus, Georgetown has little in common with UK. This tiny, private liberal arts college, which is still affiliated with the Baptist church, was one of the first Baptist colleges west of the Allegheny Mountains. While limited in graduate programs, attendees have a wide array of undergraduate degrees to choose from. Since 1989, Georgetown produced 38 Fulbright Scholars and five Rhodes Scholars.
- University of Tulsa: Well-regarded for its programs in English and engineering, the University of Tulsa is a private institution located in Oklahoma. The school is responsible for the Gilcrease Museum, one of the largest collection of Western art in the world. The college currently six separate colleges and a wide array of both graduate and undergraduate programs. The 2016 U.S. News and World Report ranked Tulsa as 86th in the nation. Bloomberg has also ranked the school number one for providing high amounts of aid to its business students.