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Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Public University Boards

Contact: Woody Maglinger
502-564-2611
Woody.Maglinger@ky.gov

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 13, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin today made the following appointments to Kentucky’s public university boards:

Dr. Sandra Robbin Shuffett and Derrick Ramsey have been appointed to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees.

  • Dr. Sandra Robbin Shuffett, of Nicholasville, is a physician for Baptist Health a part-time farmer. Shuffett is a former graduate program instructor and has been a frequent lecturer on the subject of breast cancer, mammography and radiology. She will represent agricultural interests and serve for a term expiring June 30, 2023.
  • Derrick Ramsey, of Lexington, is Secretary of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and a former NFL player with the 1981 Super Bowl champion Oakland Raiders. Ramsey is a former University of Kentucky quarterback, where he helped to lead the Wildcats to the 1976 SEC Championship and the 1976 Peach Bowl. He will serve for a term expiring June 30, 2023.

Roger Reynolds has been appointed to the Kentucky State University Board of Regents.

  • Roger Reynolds, of Louisville, is an entrepreneur and small business owner. Reynolds serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Louisville Branch Board and is a former KSU trustee. He will serve for the remainder of an unexpired term ending June 30, 2018.

Deborah Haydon Long has been appointed to the Morehead State University Board of Regents.

  • Deborah Haydon Long, of Lexington, is proprietor of Dudley’s on Short restaurant and a current MSU trustee. Long is a member of the Central Bank Advisory Board, and her business was recognized by Southern Living magazine as “Best Restaurant in Kentucky” for 2017. She has been reappointed to the board and will serve for a term expiring June 30, 2023.

Don Irvin Tharpe has been appointed to the Murray State University Board of Regents.

  • Don Irvin Tharpe, of Nicholasville, is a past president of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation and former executive director of the Association of School Business Officials International. Tharpe is a “Distinguished Alumnus” of MSU, where he earned multiple degrees in industrial education. He will serve for a term expiring June 30, 2023.

George Nichols III has been appointed to the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents.

  • George Nichols III, of Potomac, Maryland, is executive vice president of governmental affairs for New York Life Insurance Company and a former Kentucky Commissioner of Insurance. Nichols currently serves on the Alice Lloyd College Board of Trustees and was a past chairman of the National Organization of Life and Health Guaranty Associations. He will serve for a term expiring June 30, 2023.

Juan Carlos Castro and Christopher Pace have been appointed to the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents.

  • Juan Carlos Castro, of Lexington, is managing partner of JCC Accounting Solutions and chairman of the Lexington Hispanic Education Association. Castro is currently an instructor with the Latino Tax Preparers Association and board member of Matthew 5:16 Ministries International. He will serve for a term expiring June 30, 2023.
  • Christopher Pace, of Winchester, is an investor and attorney. Pace was a former student trustee on the EKU Board of Regents and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. He will serve for the remainder of an unexpired term ending June 30, 2021.

Ashley Himes has been appointed to the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents.

  • Ashley Himes, of California, is assistant principal for Northern Elementary School in Pendleton County and a part-time farmer. Himes and her husband hold multiple degrees from NKU and are involved with various education and community-related organizations. She will serve for a term expiring June 30, 2023.

Raymond Burse has been appointed to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.

  • Raymond Burse, of Prospect, is a retired vice president and general counsel for GE Appliances and a former president of Kentucky State University. Burse has served on the boards of many non-profit and professional organizations, including the Center for Creative Leadership. He will serve for the remainder of an unexpired term ending January 13, 2019.

Kentucky public university boards are composed of eight members appointed by the governor and three other members—including a teaching faculty representative, a nonteaching employee representative and the student body president.

Karen Finan has been appointed to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents.

  • Karen Finan, of Ft. Mitchell, is a partner at Gilman Partners and former senior vice president of Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation. Finan also serves as chairwoman of Aviatra Accelerators and the Northern Kentucky Education Council. She will serve for a term expiring July 21, 2023.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents is composed of eight members appointed by the governor and six other members—including two members each of the teaching faculty, non-teacher personnel and student body, representing respective KCTCS institutions.

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