John Turner, chairman of the state Council on Postsecondary Education, sent a letter to council members last week, questioning Gov. Beshear's motives for trying to block their hiring of Brad Cowgill.
Turner speculated in the April 21 letter to council members that the governor might have political motives for questioning Cowgill's hiring.
"I'm wondering if it's possible that the real focus of the governor's attention is us, not Brad," he wrote, noting that a move by Beshear to dissolve the council "would hasten the point (by a couple of years) when the council has mainly people appointed by Governor Beshear."
Turner said it would be "premature" to say how the council will react to Beshear.