E. Consideration of a contract for Charles T. Wethington, Jr. (Agenda Item 1)
Governor Breathitt said he very much appreciated the input from the faculty
representatives, the lawyers, and the volunteer Board members who had only one interest: the
best interests of the University. He then read Agenda Item 1: that the Chairman be authorized to
execute a contract. He paused and said, "let me make this point, not to review, not to negotiate,
but only to execute that means to sign my name at the direction of this board." He continued
reading the agenda item, between the Board and Dr. Wethington on the terms and conditions that
follow: Dr. Wethington shall serve as President of the University until June 30, 2001, and the
terms and conditions, including those relating to salary and benefits, set out in the contract
executed on May 15, 1999 shall be included in the contract; that during the period beginning July
1, 2001 and ending on June 30, 2003, Dr. Wethington will assist the Board and the new President
in development and fundraising, including the capital campaign; that the other terms, conditions,
and benefits set out in the May 15, 1999 contract shall remain the same during his term with the
sole exception of those relating to residence at Maxwell Place; and the parties agree that upon
execution of this contract, the May 15, 1999 contract shall be void and shall no longer be binding
on either party.
Governor Breathitt stated that this was carefully worked out as a compromise which
accomplishes two things basically: it starts the search for a new president in 2000 and enables
President Wethington to continue to assist to the completion of the four year capital campaign.
He pointed out that President Wethington insisted on the word "assist." He noted that many
people had recommended that President Wethington be given a title and responsibility by the
Board. However, President Wethington said that President Singletary did not look over his
shoulder when he became President and he did not intend to look over the shoulder of the next
president of the University. The next president should have a free hand and he should only assist
him with these responsibilities at his direction. Governor Breathitt said he thought the position
of President Wethington was very statesmanlike.
Mrs. Sims moved that the Board approve Agenda Item 1. Professor Mather seconded the
Governor Breathitt asked for any comments.
Mrs. Sims said that the newspapers called her passionate, and she felt like that was an
understatement. Like every person at the table, she has one thing in her heart and, that is, that
the University of Kentucky move forward in the greatest possible way with grace, power and
dignity and move in the direction that the Governor has envisioned for the University in 2000.
As an alumni representative, she said she was so thrilled to say that she believed in the motion
and the compromise. She believes that President Wethington can do the job and help the
University with that sincere and earnest mission that is so critical for the University of Kentucky.
Professor Mather thanked Governor Breathitt for his remarks but said he felt that
Governor Breathitt was a bit too generous in describing the role that he and Professor Reedy
played. He said the motion and the contract that goes with it represent a compromise and with
all compromises everyone needs to understand that there are things in there that each one would
like to see changed no doubt, and obviously some things that each one ought to find some