Judge blocks Bevin's move to abolish UofL Board of Trustees

Judge blocks Bevin's move to abolish UofL Board of Trustees
Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 3:20 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2016 at 5:34 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A state judge has blocked Governor Matt Bevin's order to abolish the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.

Judge Phillip Shepherd made the ruling on Friday, according to the Associate Press. The order means the current board appointed by Bevin has no authority until the issue is resolved in court.

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Gov. Bevin, a Republican, described the former board of trustees as dysfunctional when justifying his decision to abolish it and appoint new members. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat, challenged the legality of that move, potentially calling into the question the legitimacy of any actions taken by the new board.

We're told the judge's decision will not impact the resignation of University President James Ramsey.


Governor Matt Bevin's press secretary sent the following statement to the media, immediately following the judge's decision:

"The circuit court ignored binding precedent from the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the plain language of the statute at issue, and a recent opinion from the Office of the Attorney General, that the Governor has authority to propose and temporarily implement the reorganization of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. The Court's abrupt altering of the status quo, just as the newly constituted University Board has begun to take constructive steps to put the University on a solid path forward, is neither in the best interest of the University nor the public." 

"We are very confident that this temporary injunction is just that – temporary – and will be reversed on appeal."

WAVE 3 News reporter Gordon Boyd is following this story and will have more details on WAVE 3 News beginning at 5 p.m.

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