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CINCINNATI - A super majority of the University of Cincinnati's board of trustees has asked lawyer Stan Chesley to resign from the board by 5 p.m. today. He didn't.
In a letter emailed to Chesley April 12, board Chairman Francis Barrett and six other board members wrote that Chesley's resignation is needed "to preserve the integrity of the university." The other board members who signed the letter were Thomas Humes, Robert Richardson, Gary Heiman, Thomas Cassady, William Portman III and Carl Lindner III.
The only trustee who didn't sign the letter was Geraldine "Ginger" Warner.
The letter said the board requested Chesley's resignation because of his "disregard of the University's code of conduct."
The code states that "members of the board of trustees are responsible for maintaining the highest ethical standards of this institution, and the broader community in which we function."
Barrett said he met with Chesley personally and gave him a copy of the letter.
"He said he wanted to think about it and wanted to consult with some people and would then let us know," Barrett said.
The Kentucky Supreme Court disbarred Chesley in March over his actions in a controversial Kentucky diet drug settlement. Chesley also faces disbarment in Ohio.
"Prior to that point in time, Mr. Chesley professed his innocence and expressed high confidence that he would be vindicated, and we respected his appellate rights," Barrett said. "When the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled with finality, and after having read the 38-page decision, the board members collectively felt it would be in the best interests of the university for him to resign."
Chesley could not be reached immediately for comment.
The letter states that if Chesley does not resign by 5 p.m., the board intends to hold a special public meeting "to consider a formal resolution regarding your continued service on the board."
In a statement issued Monday evening. Barrett said the board had not yet received Chesley's resignation. As a result, Barrett said the board will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday to consider the matter.
Barrett said the board does not have any legal authority to expel a trustee, but the board can ask a trustee to resign. No public meeting of the board has been scheduled at this time, Barrett said.
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