Ten named by Gov. Bevin to newly reorganized University of Louisville Board of Trustees

06/29/2016 11:06 AM

A day after receiving a list of 30 potential nominees, Gov. Matt Bevin named 10 gubernatorial appointments to the newly reorganized University of Louisville Board of Trustees on Wednesday.

The revamped board, which is being challenged in court by Attorney General Andy Beshear, will include:

  • J. David Grissom, of Louisville, chairman of Mayfield Capital, for a term expiring June 29, 2022
  • John Schattner, of Louisville, founder and chief executive officer of Papa John’s, for a term expiring June 29, 2021
  • Sandra Frazier, of Louisville, chief executive officer of Tandem Public Relations and Marketing, for a term expiring June 29, 2020
  • Nitin Sahney, of Prospect, former president and chief executive officer of Omnicare, for a term expiring June 29, 2020
  • Bonita Black, of Crestwood, a corporate attorney who also served on Bevin’s transition team, for a term expiring June 29, 2019
  • Doug Cobb, of Prospect, entrepreneur in residence at Chrysalis Ventures, for a term expiring June 29, 2019
  • Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman, of Louisville, president of Bridgeman Foods and a former UofL and NBA basketball player, for a term expiring June 29, 2018
  • Dr. Ronald Wright, of Prospect, a gynecologist, for a term expiring June 29, 2018
  • Dale Boden, of Louisville, president of B F Capital, for a term expiring June 29, 2017
  • Diane Medley, of Ekron, managing partner and co-founder of accounting firm Mountjoy Chilton Medley, for a term expiring June 29, 2017

Black, Bridgeman and Wright had been appointed by Bevin to an interim three-member panel governing UofL after he abolished and reconfigured the university’s board, which the first-year governor reasoned had fallen into dysfunction in announcing the move on June 17.

In a statement, Bevin said Wednesday “marks the dawning of a new day for the University of Louisville.”

“These newly appointed board members embody the professional experience, leadership skills and core values needed to more efficiently and effectively oversee, govern and manage the affairs of the University,” Bevin said.

“This diverse group of individuals would be qualified to sit on any post-secondary board in America, and I am thankful for their willingness to serve the University of Louisville. I am confident that they will build upon the University’s many successes by governing with the utmost integrity and transparency.”

Beshear, in a statement, said his lawsuit challenging the remade UofL board “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,” Beshear said. “Such power would threaten the independence and possibly the accreditation of the university.”

University President Jim Ramsey wrote in a letter to Bevin that he would offer to resign or retire once a new board is seated.

Others who will serve on the 13-member panel include a member of the UofL faculty, a permanent staffer and a member of the student body.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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