FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear says Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s decision to abolish and replace the University of Louisville board of trustees could affect the accreditation of all the state’s public universities.
During a hearing on Thursday, Beshear’s office presented testimony from an expert on accreditation who said all of the state’s public colleges and universities would have trouble keeping their accreditation if the governor was allowed to replace their boards at any time.
Bevin’s attorney, Steve Pitt, noted nothing in state law requires universities to be accredited at all. And he said the state legislature has the final say over Bevin’s actions. It will reconvene in January after the fall elections.
Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd will rule on the case soon. Any decision will likely be appealed to the state Supreme Court.
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