Louisville Attorney Joe Dunman says Bevin would have “pretty incredible power” if he were able to unilaterally replace any board at any time.
“He’d be able to — regardless of what a state statute says about how many members are supposed to be on a board, how you remove members from that board — he could pretty much ignore it,” he said.
Dunman said the fact that previous governors have reorganized boards this way doesn’t necessarily mean Bevin has the authority to do so under the law.
“If it’s the case that past governors broke the law, that doesn’t give future governors a path to do it as well, just because nobody challenged them at the time,” he said.
Robert Hughes, a former U of L trustees chair and member until Friday, slammed Beshear in a statement to WFPL News. And he blamed former Gov. Steve Beshear, who appointed the members Bevin removed, for the turmoil the board faced.
“This was indefensible and will not be solved by the [attorney general] filing a lawsuit,” he said. “The University of Louisville needs to be allowed to refocus its attention on educating students and research not on the former Board of Trustees.”