LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Latest on meeting of University of Louisville board of trustees (all times local):
University of Louisville board of trustees chairman Larry Benz says the group’s first meeting in months since being disbanded was “necessary.” The board’s finance committee approved a $548 million operating budget for the current school year, among other business.
After the meeting adjourned, Benz declined to address the legal issues that have thrown into question the validity of the board after Gov. Matt Bevin appointed an all-new board in June. Bevin called the old board dysfunctional.
Benz says he believes the actions taken by the board on Thursday will stand despite the pending legal issues.
He said the board would meet again in September.
The University of Louisville board of trustees that was disbanded by Kentucky’s governor and then resurrected by a judge is holding its first meeting in months.
The full 20-member board met on campus Thursday and had a cordial gathering to hear a report from the university’s acting president and discuss an accreditation review.
Board chairman Larry Benz welcomed the board members back after what he called “a long summer.”
Members met in a ballroom in the campus alumni center instead of its usual meeting place in Grawemeyer Hall.
There was no mention of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin or a pending lawsuit over Bevin’s creation of a new board with all new members in June.
The board’s finance committee meeting earlier Thursday discussed the operating budget and student housing rates.
A judge has denied a request to stop the University of Louisville board of trustees from taking action on its budget.
The Kentucky Justice Resource Center filed a motion for a temporary restraining order late Wednesday night asking a judge to prevent the board from taking significant actions during its scheduled meeting on Thursday because it does not have enough racial minorities as members.
But the board has been in legal limbo ever since Republican Gov. Matt Bevin abolished the old board and replaced it with a new board. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd blocked that new board from meeting last month, and the old board scheduled a meeting for Thursday to deal with the budget and authorize a bond payment, among other matters.