University of Louisville to spend up to $400,000 for more 'forensic' work on troubled foundation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Kevin Fuqua, a Louisville accountant who was appointed earlier this month to the University of Louisville board of trustees, will not join board after all because of a family conflict.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Matt Bevin said Tuesday that Fuqua declined the appointment because his brother is a faculty member at the university, an issue that was "not recognized" during the nominating process.

Fuqua's brother, Joshua, is an assistant professor at U of L's Center for Predictive Medicine, according to the university directory. Kevin Fuqua confirmed the relationship in an email to WDRB News.

State law prohibits trustees from having familial relationships with university employees, U of L trustees chairman David Grissom told the board in an email on Monday.

“I hope you will join me in thanking Kevin for his willingness to join our ranks and serve his alma mater,” Grissom wrote.

Fuqua, a partner at Louisville accounting firm MCM CPAs and Advisors, said in the email to WDRB that he disclosed his brother's position at U of L in his application for the appointment, but he became "more concerned when I read my new board member packet."

Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokeswoman for Bevin, said the governor will appoint someone else to the board in 30 to 60 days.

Earlier this month Bevin appointed Fuqua and Fred Williams, a Louisville physician with KentuckyOne Health Medical Group, to fill vacancies on the 13-member U of L board.

The open spots were due to resignations by embattled Papa John's founder John Schnatter and attorney Brian Cromer, whose firm Stites and Harbison is embroiled in litigation with the university over its service to the U of L Foundation.

The board of trustees has not met since the appointments were announced Sept. 6.

Insider Louisville first reported Fuqua’s disqualification on Tuesday.

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