Deal would allow for 2 more minorities on Louisville board

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Officials say a tentative deal is near that would allow Gov. Matt Bevin to appoint two more minority members to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.

The Courier-Journal reports the deal, which hasn’t been signed, could resolve a lawsuit filed by the Justice Resource Center asking for the enforcement of a state law requiring university boards to reflect the state’s racial makeup.

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In January, Bevin’s office said that state law requires at least three racial minority members on the university’s governing board. There’s currently one minority trustee.

The proposed settlement isn’t official, but Trustee Jody Prather said Wednesday that Bevin will be allowed to appoint two more minorities – one would replace Paul Diaz, who resigned, and another to replace a current board member who would resign or retire.