Governor appoints three new Board of Trustees members

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed three new members to the UK Board of Trustees on June 9, according to a press release from the governor’s communications office.

William Stamps Farish Jr., Oliver Keith Gannon and Terry Mobley will join the 20-member board for six-year terms, replacing three members whose terms expire on June 30, according to the Board of Trustees website. The outgoing members include Chair Mira S. Ball, Vice Chair Stephen P. Branscum and Ann Brand Haney, an alumni representative.

Student Government President Ryan Smith said the contributions made by Ball, Branscum and Haney have been considerable. Smith, whose duties as Student Government president include serving on the board as the student representative, said the new members each “bring a unique skill set” and a different perspective with them to the board.

“Having a diverse background and various viewpoints … is important for any board to craft policy,” Smith said.

Farish, general manager of Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky., is a thoroughbred breeder and holds leadership positions on several prominent thoroughbred racing organizations, including the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation, according to the Kentucky Equine Education Project website.

Gannon is the CEO and an owner of the Kentucky company Boneal Incorporated, according to the Boneal website. A native of eastern Kentucky, Gannon is currently a resident of Mount Sterling, Ky.

Mobley, a 1965 UK graduate and former UK basketball player, has held positions at the university since 1977, according to UK’s website. He served as chief development officer, vice president for development and vice president for institutional advancement.

Beshear also announced the appointment of members to boards of seven other Kentucky universities, as well as appointments to the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television, Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents, the Higher Education Assistance Authority Board of Directors and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, according to the news release.

“Education and economic development are two of the highest priorities of my administration, and that is why it is critical that we continue to appoint talented people to serve in these board positions,” said Gov. Beshear in a news release. “The people who will serve these colleges and universities have a great responsibility — to help guide higher education for thousands of students across the state, which in turn shapes our future workforce and economic success in Kentucky.”

Smith said he was looking forward to his work on the board with the recently appointed members.

“(I’m) very excited to welcome the new members to the board and work with them over the next year,” Smith said.