Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday announced the appointment of Phillip W. Bale to the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents.

Bale, a family physician at T.J. Health Partners in Glasgow, replaces Rob Wilkey, who resigned in December.

Wilkey is an attorney for Commonwealth Brands, now owned by Imperial Tobacco. He commutes between his company’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Kentucky, where the company still has an office. He said he resigned because he couldn’t devote the necessary time to be effective.

Bale, a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has family ties to WKU. His wife, Kristen Bale, was on the Board of Regents from 1997 to 2001.

The governor also announced other appointments for the region:

•John R. Rigney, a Glasgow licensed professional clinical counselor, was appointed to Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. Rigney will serve until Sept. 23, 2016.

•Nancy F. Hulan of Bowling Green, a WKU professor, was appointed to the Reading Diagnostic and Intervention Grant Steering Committee. She will serve until May 16, 2015.

•WKU geography professor Margaret M. Gripshover was appointed as state geographer for the commonwealth of Kentucky. Her term expires Jan. 1.

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