Bevin makes new appointments to UofL board
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed 10 new University of Louisville trustees, less than two weeks after he disbanded the previous board amid turmoil over the status of embattled school President James Ramsey.
Bevin said Wednesday that his appointment of the founder of the Papa John’s pizza company and nine others represents “a new day” for UofL.
The Republican governor’s decision to disband the former board on June 17 is being challenged in court by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear.
Bevin says the new board will be more effective. The new appointments include John Schnatter, the founder, chairman and CEO of Papa John’s International Inc. Another appointee is Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman, a Louisville businessman and former UofL basketball standout.
Bridgeman is among three African-Americans appointed as trustees.
Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a statement on the appointments, saying, ““Our legal challenge is not about who will or will not serve on a board of trustees. It is to prevent Gov. Matt Bevin from asserting ‘absolute authority’ to control the board and the university by simply dissolving the board anytime he disagrees with it. Such power would threaten the independence and possibly the accreditation of the university.”
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