This story has been updated.

A new University of Louisville trustee was disqualified from joining the board less than two weeks after he was named to it.

On Sept. 6, Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Kevin Fuqua, a UofL graduate and local accountant, to UofL’s board of trustees for a term that would have otherwise ended in January 2020. By Monday, however, the board learned one of Fuqua’s relatives is employed by UofL — a potential conflict of interest preventing him from serving as a trustee.

“It has come to our attention that newly appointed trustee Kevin Fuqua has a relative who is an employee of the university,” board chairman David Grissom wrote in a note to trustees on Monday. “Unfortunately, this disqualifies him from becoming a member of the Board of Trustees … I hope you will join me in thanking Kevin for his willingness to join our ranks and serve his alma mater.”

Kevin Fuqua

Fuqua confirmed that he rejected the appointment in an email to Insider.

“I had disclosed my brother working for UL on my application and once receiving my new trustee packet it became more clear I could have a conflict,” Fuqua said. His brother is an assistant professor at UofL.

Grissom said he told Bevin about the situation, asking him to fill the vacancy “as soon as possible.”

Bevin will fill the vacancy within the next 30 to 60 days, Elizabeth Kuhn, a Bevin spokeswoman, said in an email.

Fuqua was named alongside Fred Williams, an endocrinologist for KentuckyOne Health and past president of the Kentucky Medical Association, to replace two trustees who resigned in mid-July.

John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s International, resigned from the board after admitting to using a racial slur in a company conference call.

Brian Cromer, a lawyer at Stites & Harbison, resigned as UofL continues a lawsuit against his legal firm. Cromer recused himself from all discussions about the lawsuit until his resignation, a UofL spokesman said in July.

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Olivia Krauth
Krauth reports on education in Louisville, including JCPS, the University of Louisville and state policy.Before joining Insider Louisville, she covered technology and business as a reporter at TechRepublic. She also spent time on the data team at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas as a Dow Jones intern.Krauth graduated from UofL, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism with a minor in Russian studies.Email Olivia at [email protected]