UK Elects First Female Chair For Board of Trustees

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky has elected its first woman to lead its Board of Trustees after a surprising change in nominations.

Mira Ball of Lexington had been nominated to serve as vice chair, but chairman nominee Steve Branscum announced at the beginning of the meeting he was withdrawing his name and nominating Ball for the top spot.

Branscum had been criticized by some trustees for his political connections to Governor Ernie Fletcher.

Ball won by an 11-6 vote with two abstentions. Branscum was elected vice chair.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Sep 11, 2007 at 06:28 PM
    What ever happened to the complaints regarding the lop-sidedness of Ernie Fletcher nominating like 80% of the board with his allies, when constitutionally he's required to nominate based on registered voters in KY, which would mean about 40% of his allies instead of 80%??? It don't matter anyways, UK has been running backwards since Lee Todd came on board anyways, it can't get much worse.
  • by glenn Location: lexington on Sep 11, 2007 at 01:24 PM
    I know Steve and this action shows the class that he always exhibits. Putting the best interests of the UK board ahead of any personal recognition is exactly what you would expect from Steve. He exhibited far more class than the "academic" representatives on UK's board who all have tunnel vision and don't comprehend UK's responsibility to the public as a tax supported institution.


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