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.
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.