Wednesday, March 07, 2001

Newton seeks UK trustee position

        LEXINGTON — C.M. Newton, the University of Kentucky's former director of athletics, now wants to serve on the school's board of trustees and his name appeared on ballots being counted Tuesday.

        Mr. Newton is competing against 26 other staff members who want to occupy a staff trustee position that was created three years ago. Russ Williams is the incumbent and is seeking re-election to another three-year term.

        Election ballots were mailed to all 8,000 staff members and 2,000 were returned with a choice for the position marked, said Nancy Ray, associate vice president for administration.

        The administration confirmed that Mr. Newton, serving as a consultant-aide, was a full-time staff member and was eligible to seek the position on the 20-member board, Ms. Ray said.

        Mr. Newton receives an annual salary of $75,000, plus benefits, the use of a car and four tickets to all UK football and basketball games.

        Mr. Newton retired as athletic director in 2000, but stayed on as a consul tant and special assistant to current director Larry Ivy. He took the UK job in the wake of an NCAA investigation into the men's basketball program.

        Resigned football coach Hal Mumme was hired by Mr. Newton, who was director of athletics when many of the recent NCAA violations in the football program took place.


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