Bevin appoints top Republican fundraiser to UK Board of Trustees

Gov. Matt Bevin
Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed three people Friday to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, including one of Kentucky’s top Republican fundraisers.

Kelly Knight Craft has been the Kentucky fundraising chairwoman for several Republican presidential nominees, including Donald Trump.

In 2007, Craft, a UK alumnus, was appointed by President George W. Bush as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nation’s 61st Session of the General Assembly. She recently married coal magnate Joe Craft, who is one of UK’s biggest sports boosters, providing the bulk of donations for the football and basketball practice centers, as well as the dorm for basketball players.

She replaces Oliver Gannon of Mount Sterling, whose term expired. Craft’s term will go to 2022.

Bevin also appointed Jennifer Yue Barber of Louisville and Michael Christian of Ashland to terms expiring in 2022. Barber is a UK alumnus lawyer with Frost Brown Todd in Louisville. She replaces William Farish of Versailles. Christian is a dentist and UK alum who replaces Terry Mobley of Lexington.

Bevin also made appointments to other university governing boards around the state.

At Western Kentucky University, Julia Hinson of Prospect replaces Melissa Dennison of Glasgow, and Jason McKinney of Scottsville replaces Laurence Zielke of Louisville. Both appointments will go through 2022.

At Eastern Kentucky University, Lewis Diaz of Union replaces Ernest House of London, and Ramakrishna Vasudevan of Frankfort replaces David Tandy of Louisville. Both terms expire in 2022.

At Kentucky State University, Dalton Jantzen of Paynesville replaces Charles Whitehead of Villa Hills, and Paul Harnice of Frankfort replaces David Guarnieri of Frankfort. Both terms go through 2022.

Bevin also made two appointments to the Morehead State University Board of Regents. Craig Preece of Lovely has been reappointed. New faces will be Terri S. Walters of Pikeville, who replaces Patrick Price of Flemingsburg, but Price was reappointed to replace Kevin Pugh of Pikeville, who resigned.

At Murray State University, Walter Bumphus, of Austin, Texas, replaces Jerry S. Thornton of Moreland Hills. Lisa Rudolph of Kirksey replaced Harry Lee Waterfield, II of Frankfort.

Bevin appointed Normand G. Desmarais of Covington to the Northern Kentucky Board of Regents. He replaces Elizabeth Thompson of Nicholasville. Also appointed is Gregory Schumate of Fort Mitchell, who replaces Nathaniel Smith of Ft. Mitchell.

Lisa V. Desmarais of Covington has been appointed to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents. She replaces Carolyn Flynn of Murray.