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UofL Board of Trustees member resigns to make room for minority candidate

Statutes requires two minority board members 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2015) — University of Louisville Board of Trustees member Steve Wilson today submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Steve Beshear to make room for the board to comply with statutes that require that there be two minority representatives on the board. Currently, there is only one.

“I’ve worked very hard the last eight years to diversify our boards and to diversify our appointments in a number of ways,” Beshear said. “As I have said before, while we make every effort to comply with all the different requirements placed on these appointments by statute, because of all the different categories and factors required to be considered, and because terms expire at different times, there will always be situations when a particular board may not exactly fulfill every single requirement for a period of time.”

Beshear said he will ask the Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee to convene as soon as possible to submit three names to him as required by law.

“I will be specifically asking the committee to forward names of qualified African Americans so that I can appoint such a person to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees,” Beshear said. “I would encourage anyone interested in applying to fill out an application online or by calling 502-564-2611, ext. 347.”