MINUTES OF THE M ETING OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS
MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
September 5, 1981
The Board of Regents of Murray State University met September 5, 1981, at
9:30 a.m. in the Board Room, Third Floor, Wells Hall, on the campus of the University.
The following members were present: Mr. J. W. Carneal, Dr. Charles E. Howard, Mr. Mark
McClure, Mr. Jere McCuiston, Mr. Bill Morgan, Mrs. Sara L. Page, Dr. Ed Settle,
Mr. Steve West, Mr. Jerry Woodall, and Mr. Ron Christopher, Chairman, presiding.
l None were absent.
Also present were Dr. Constantine W. Curris, President, Mrs. Patsy R. Dyer,
Secretary of the Board; Vice-Presidents Richard Butwell, Marshall Gordon, Jim Hall,
Frank Julian; University Attorney James O. Overby; Dr. Rick Stinchfield; Mr. Don
Chamberlain; Dr. Tom Posey, President of the Faculty Senate; members of the news
media and visitors.
Chairman Christopher called the meeting to order.
The Chairman stated that Hurt, Haverstock and Jones have asked to be recognized
to address the Board's obligation to them so that they may leave, reviewed the status
of the Personal Service Contract submitted to the Department of Finance, and recognized
Harold Hurt of Hurt, Haverstock and Jones.
Mr. Hurt: In February when we were contacted by Mr. Overby on behalf of the
Board, a personal service contract was completed and submitted to
the Department of Finance; it then has to go to the Attorney General
and then to the Governor. Both the Attorney General and the Governor's
office rendered opinions that pursuant to the existing Kentucky
Revised Statutes no personal service contract was needed. Therefore,
they said to go ahead and perform the work and the bill could be
submitted to the Department of Finance and paid. I do not know if
they notified the Department of Finance of their opinion at that
time. Therefore, we went ahead-and rendered the services to the
I Board. We, of course, helped with the investigation and presentation
of the charges, and then defended the Board in the litigation in the
Calloway Circuit Court which included a few trips to Frankfort in the
appellate process. After we were completed, we submitted the
statement for services rendered as we had been informed was the
proper way by Mr. Abramson, and it went to Frankfort. It was
returned one time, then it was returned back to Frankfort.
I guess you've followed this in the newspapers, but to give you
a little history of what happened up there, Mr. Abramson was more
or less the person who was trying to get this matter resolved.
He met with both the Attorney General and the Secretary of Finance,
and they thought they had reached an agreement on how to handle it.
The documents were forwarded to Mr. Abramson, and he went over to
the Attorney General and got a copy of the draft letter that the
Secretary of Finance was requiring. The Attorney General would not
sign that letter until he knew for sure that the Secretary of Finance
n would honor it. So, Mr. Abramson, in order to appease the Secretary
of Finance and the Attorney General, took an unsigned copy over to
Secretary of Finance Atkins. Mr. Atkins said, yes, with that letter
we will process the papers and sign them. Mr. Abramson then went
back to the Attorney General. He signed the letter and he took it
back personally to Mr. Atkins, and that's when the newspaper report
came out that the statement was going to be paid. After that, there
was some controversy between the Attorney General and the Secretary
of Finance and there's been a change of mind at the level of the
Secretary of Finance.- He has now refused to pay the statement and
has sent it back.
_ We feel like, of course, that we are entitled to be paid because we
rendered the services pursuant to the authorization from this Board.
In addition, we have done some investigation as to how other
universities handle this type of matter. Do they all have personal