The daughter of University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart will work in the same department. UK’s Board of Trustees approved the position this afternoon. Unlike the president, provost, and other school administrators, executives, the director of athletics is not named in the university’s nepotism rules. Still, several trustees do not think Barnhart’s daughter should be allowed to work in his department.
“So I felt like it should have fallen under that regulation. Even though it was not listed specifically, I think the spirit of it applied,” said UK Trustee Barbara Young.
UK President Eli Capilouto says he will support any effort by the Board of Trustees to clarify the university’s regulations on the employment of relatives.