The University of Kentucky's largest single donor will become a lifetime honorary trustee, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday.
Carol Martin "Bill" Gatton has given more than $45 million to his alma mater, including the most recent $20 million gift for a new student center, the largest in UK's history.
"Bill's support for excellence in education at all levels is simply unparalleled," Gov. Beshear said. "A native Kentuckian and a proud UK alum, he has never forgotten that education played a key role in his success, and he's devoted his life to ensuring others have those same opportunities. By designating him an honorary trustee, his wisdom, counsel and guidance will continue to be an immeasurable benefit to the board as it governs one of our leading educational institutions in the Commonwealth."
Gatton is cycling off his last term as a trustee at the end of June. His honorary status makes him a non-voting member of the board.
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He has also given to the Gatton College of Business and Economics, the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University, and the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University.
On Friday, Beshear announced Gatton's replacement and other appointments to the UK Board. Appointed through 2021 are Frank Shoop, an auto dealer from Lexington, who replaces James Stuckert; and Claude A. "Skip" Berry, of Eminence, chairman of the Wehr Constructors Inc. Kentucky division, who replaces Gatton.
Barbara S. Young of Lexington has been reappointed to serve for a term also expiring in 2021.