E. Naming of Memorial Hall Auditorium (PR 3)
President Todd said that it was his pleasure to recommend that the Board of Trustees
approve the naming of the auditorium in Memorial Hall, one of the most used facilities and most
attractive rooms on campus, the Edward T. (Ned) Breathitt Auditorium. Governor Breathitt did
his undergraduate work at UK's College of Commerce and graduated from the College of Law in
1950. Throughout his career, which included serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for
many years, he was an extremely strong advocate for higher education and for the University of
Kentucky in particular.
In recognition of Governor Breathitt's many contributions to the Commonwealth, a
proposal was submitted to name room 103 in Memorial Hall in honor of Governor Breathitt.
The Breathitt family is very supportive of this recommendation.
The Committee on Naming University Buildings has reviewed the request and found it in
compliance with University policy and unanimously recommended approval of this name
change. The Provost of the University also supports this recommendation.
President Todd asked Governor Breathitt's daughter, Linda Breathitt, to stand and be
recognized, following which she received a round of applause. He said that there are many fond
memories of Governor Breathitt around campus and across the State of Kentucky.
Mr. Reed asked for a motion of approval for PR 3. Ms. Sims, along with several other
Board members, made the motion to approve PR 3. Mr. Shoop seconded the motion.
Dr. Plattner commented about the constant reminders of Edward T. Breathitt; the Edward
T. Breathitt highway, the buildings named in his honor, and the people who knew of Governor
Breathitt's contributions. When Francis Breathitt and Edward T. Breathitt were residents of
Frankfort, the level of knowledge and collection of ability and appreciation of Kentucky was
very high. Governor Breathitt did a very heroic thing when he declared open house to Civil
Rights movements in Kentucky, a voting rights act at some risk to his own professional life.
Kentucky continues to use the goals that Edward and Francis Breathitt set. She said that she
would like the people who are going to graduate on Saturday morning to emulate these goals.
Edward and Francis Breathitt and their children would be very proud that Governor Breathitt's
name will continue to live. The Board applauded.
Mr. Reed thanked Dr. Plattner for her comments and called for the vote. PR 3 carried
without dissent. (See PR 3 at the end of the Minutes.)
President Todd thanked Linda Breathitt for attending the meeting.