Larry Benz nominated as chairman of University of Louisville Board of Trustees
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Physical therapist and business owner Larry Benz is in line to become the next chairman of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.
The trustees’ three-person nominating committee endorsed Benz’s candidacy at a brief meeting Monday. The full board will take up the appointment at its next meeting Sept. 3.
Benz, the board’s treasurer, would leap-frog vice chairwoman Brucie Moore, who is the Union County Attorney. Moore was re-nominated to continue as vice chairwoman.
Benz’s nomination was supported by a faction of trustees such as Steve Wilson, Craig Greenberg and Stephen Cambpell, who want closer oversight of issues like compensation to President James Ramsey and other senior leaders from the university’s separate foundation.
Benz will succeed Chairman Dr. Robert Hughes, a longtime board member and Ramsey ally, who also chairs the foundation’s Board of Directors.
Campbell, an investment banker and counselor at the U.S. Treasury Department, will succeed Benz as board treasurer.
It’s a “consensus slate” of officers that “takes into consideration all the diversity that our board has,” said trustee Ron Butt, who chairs the nominating committee.
The nominations had evidently been negotiated in advance, as the committee approved the slate with no discussion in a meeting that lasted only a couple of minutes on Monday.
“I would be extremely surprised if this slate of officers wasn’t widely accepted,” said Butt, a financial planner and partner in ARGI Financial Group, in an interview Monday.
The committee also nominated trustees Douglas Hall as the board’s secretary and Bruce Henderson as its at-large representative.
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