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Regional
6:24 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

WKU Grad Stephens Appointed To Legislative Ethics Commission

Henry Stephens
Credit Northern Kentucky University

The newest appointee to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission comes with an undergraduate degree from WKU and bipartisan support. 

Henry Stephens has been a professor at the Chase School of Law at Northern Kentucky University since the early 1980s. He received his bachelor’s degree from WKU in 1975 before earning his law degree from UK.  

On Monday, he was appointed to the state’s legislative ethics commission by both Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Republican Senate President Robert Stivers.   Stephens’ appointment fills a spot that’s been vacant for two years. 

The commission came under fire earlier this year when not all members were present to hear the first ethics trial of former state representative John Arnold. Arnold was found guilty of sexual harassment at a second trial, although he continues to deny the charges against him.

Vernie McGaha resigned from the commission earlier this year and he was replaced in May by former state Sen. Charlie Borders.

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Regional
4:09 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Ex-Athletic Director Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Northern Kentucky

Scott Eaton
Credit Northern Kentucky University

A former Northern Kentucky University athletic director has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $300,000 from the school.

Attorney General Jack Conway says Scott Eaton pleaded guilty to a theft charge Thursday in Campbell Circuit Court.

Conway called Eaton's behavior "unconscionable" and says the 50-year-old agreed to serve the maximum term of 10 years in prison and repay $311,215 to the school.

Eaton's attorney did not immediately return calls and emails seeking comment.

Eaton was fired by the college's president last year over improper relationships with female employees and a student.

The school in Highland Heights hired an outside firm to review the athletic department's accounts, which eventually led to the charge.

Prosecutors say Eaton used his university-issued credit card to buy gift cards used to purchase items for his personal use.

NKU Leadership to Change
4:23 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Provost at Cleveland State to Serve as Next NKU President

NKU

The Board of Regents at Northern Kentucky University have voted unanimously to make Geoffrey Mearns the next President at NKU. Mearns, who is currently the Provost and  Senior Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Cleveland State, previously worked as Dean and Professor of Law at Cleveland State's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

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