UofL appointee declines post after tweeting about divisive topics and school athletics officials

07/12/2016 05:40 PM

A University of Louisville appointee who called for the resignation of the university’s president and athletics officials in the wake of scandal and opined on divisive topics like incompatibility of Christianity and homosexuality, evolution and climate change on Twitter has declined the post.

Doug Cobb, entrepreneur-in-residence at the venture capital firm Chrysalis, notified Gov. Matt Bevin of the move in a letter on Tuesday.

“You have honored me by appointing me to serve on the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville,” he wrote. “Thank you. However, after careful consideration, I feel that I must respectfully decline the appointment.”

Cobb’s replacement on the newly constituted UofL board, which is being challenged in court by Attorney General Andy Beshear, will be Brian Cromer, an attorney with Stites & Harbison who specializes in business matters.

His biography posted on Stites & Harbison’s website says Cromer has handled legal work in areas such as mergers, acquisitions and venture capital and private equity investments, with transactions in question ranging from $25 million to more than $1 billion.

His “25 years of experience as a lawyer serving some of the largest companies in the U.S. and abroad will be of great value to the Louisville Board of Trustees as they begin their fresh start,” Bevin spokeswoman Amanda Stamper said in announcing the decision.

Cobb’s Twitter activity sparked some media attention, particularly since he called for the resignation of UofL President Jim Ramsey, basketball coach Rick Pitino and Athletic Director Tom Jurich after the school announced self-imposed sanctions this season after investigating allegations that a former staffer paid for escorts to have sex with players and recruits.

He was one of 10 nominated to a reconfigured UofL board June 29 after Bevin abolished the previous panel.

Cobb told WDRB-TV that day that he would not “chicken out and start deleting tweets” when asked about his social media activity only to delete his Twitter account entirely hours later.

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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