The Board of Regents listen to a proposal for a new assisted living facility at a Feb. 26, 2018 meeting at the Black Box Theatre at Center for the Arts. (Jennifer K. Perkins/Progress)

Craig Turner's tenure as chair of the EKU Board of Regents came to an end Wednesday at a quarterly meeting in the Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theater, according to an EKU news release. The board unanimously elected Regent Lewis Diaz to fill Turner's shoes at chair.

Turner, who was appointed to the board by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher in 2006 and elected chair in 2013, decided to retire last year. The board passed a resolution naming him Chair Emeritus at the end of the meeting, according to the release.

Diaz, a Cuban native, is the university's first minority Board of Regents chair. He graduated from EKU with an undergraduate degree in 2000 and a master’s degree in 2002. Diaz is also a partner at national law firm Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

Other highlights from the meeting include:

  • The board accepted an audit by Crowe Horwath that found nothing of significant concern. 
  • A resolution to demolish three Oak Street rental properties that were previously used for student housing.
  • A resolution to recognize EKU’s Division of Public Safety and EKU Conferencing & Events for their handling of the Oct. 13 Donald Trump rally.
  • The board scheduled their next meeting for February 22, 2019.

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