Grawemeyer Hall, the administration building, at the University of Louisville (Charlie Springer photo)

University of Louisville fans and supporters deserve to know how committed members of the Board of Trustees are to the school’s well being.  You know, beyond attending board and committee meetings, the social gatherings and athletic events. Financial support should be a given, but it can vary greatly, even among the most wealthy members.

Randy Bufford, basketball manager on the 1980 championship team, is a leading UofL trustee donor.

That’s among the conclusions after Card Game filed an open records request to UofL for information about trustee giving. The most current information, obtained February 9th, reveals the following:

Randy J. Bufford, who just happened to be a manager on UofL’s 1980 national championship basketball team. Thus far Bufford has contributed a total of $670,114.66 to the school. His financial support includes $661,314.66 for athletics and $8,800 for academics. Bufford is the founder and former president and CEO of Trilogy Health Services, LLC, which operates over 100 senior living communities throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. 

Sandra Frazier, founder of Tandem Public Relations and a director at Brown-Forman Corporation and Glenview Trust. Frazier has given $635,212.69 so far, including $322,942.69 for academic programs and $312,270 for athletics. Equally significant is her pledge of $5,749,557 to the school. Her father was the late Harry Frazier and her uncle was the late Owsley B. Frazier.

James M. Rogers, retired former executive vice president and chief operating officer of  J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons Inc. Rogers has contributed a total of $152,978.92, including $134,870 for athletics and $18,108.92 for academics. 

Mary Nixon, former controller and vice president at KFC Yum! Brands. She has contributed $51,000 to academic programs.

John Chilton, co-founder of Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP, a regional accounting firm with offices in Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati, Indianapolis. He has made donations totaling $26,455, including $25,905 for athletics and $550 for academic programs. Chilton also served as State Budget Director under Gov. Matt Bevin.

Diane Medley, the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of MCM CPAs & Advisors with offices in Louisville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Lexington. Medley has donated a total of $23,400 to UofL, all for academic programs.

Scott Brinkman, a former State Representative who practiced law in Louisville for 35 years.  He has contributed $7,502.44 to athletics. Brinkman also was a cabinet member during Gov. Bevin’s administration.

Sabrina Collins, student government president, setting example for other trustees and future alumni.



Sabrina Collins, a UofL student representative who serves as President of the Student Government Association. Impressively for a student, she has already donated $833 to the school.

Raymond Burse, former general counsel for GE Appliances and Lighting and former Kentucky State University president, has given $770. 


John D. Smith, UofL faculty representative, $374. Al Cornish, chief learning officer for Closing The Gap, LLC, $213. Diane Porter, former JCPS teacher and administrator and school board member, $54.  

David Schultz, faculty rep and associate biology professor since 2001, has no record of contributions.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.