ATLANTA -- Jim Ramsey, Kentucky's longtime bond czar, said Friday that he will leave state government July 3 to become chief financial officer at Western Kentucky University.

Mr. Ramsey, whose duties include overseeing all state-level bond issuance, has been credited with streamlining the state's borrowing since he set up the Office for Investment and Debt Management in 1981. The office is supervised by Kentucky's finance secretary.

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