FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General
Jack Conway have resolved a lingering dispute over the political
makeup of governing boards at Kentucky's public universities.
Former Gov. Ernie Fletcher had appointed more Republicans than
Democrats to the boards, and Former Democratic Attorney General
Greg Stumbo had argued in a lawsuit that Fletcher violated state
law by doing so.
Beshear and Conway announced Monday that the lawsuit has been
The settlement requires Beshear to use his appointment powers to
restore political balance to the university boards. None of
Fletcher's appointees will be removed under the agreement.
"This settlement allows trustees who are diligently serving on
our university boards to continue their service through the end of
their terms," Conway said. "The boards will be brought into
compliance through attrition and executive appointments at the end
of expired terms."
Conway said under the current makeup of the boards, only
Morehead State University is in compliance. Murray State University
will be in compliance after the governor's appointments in 2009.
All remaining boards will come into compliance after the governor's
appointments in 2010.>