Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announced this morning that he has accepted the resignation/retirement of University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey. President Ramsey is currently traveling on University business at the moment and the timing of Dr. Ramsey’s departure from UofL has yet to be determined.
Additionally Governor Bevin has also removed the entire Board of Trustees from their seats and is appointing an entirely new board. Bevin is appointing a 3 member temporary board who over the next two weeks will be assembling a 13-member board of trustees.
The Board & President Ramsey have publicly not had a good working relationship over the past year. There have been many embarrassments, scandals and other Public Relations mishaps between both parties over during that time. Governor Bevin cited the discontent and inability to have “civil discourse” during his announcement. It has been speculated that many of the disruptive board members were appointed by former Governor Steve Beshear, so Governor Bevin’s actions today to remove the entire board for a fresh start is an attempt for a ‘clean slate’.
During James Ramsey’s leadership the University of Louisville has grown its endowment by $200 Million and completed a campus beautification, completed a $1 Billion fundraising campaign, transformed UofL from a commuter campus to a campus with residents and held Tom Jurich guide the school from Conference USA to the Big East, the American Athletic Conference and eventually the Atlantic Coast Conference.
TheCrunchZone.com’s suggestion for new University President is Dr. Sidney McPhee at Middle Tennessee State University. MTSU is Tennessee’s largest public university & Dr. McPhee has a proven track record of fundraising, improving the profile of his school, implementing international programs and attracting top level faculty & students to his school. Additionally Dr. McPhee was a provost at UofL in the 1990s and is the former Chancellor of the Board of Regents for the state of Tennessee and is extremely qualified for his position….and he loves athletics.
Tom Jurich on President Ramsey:
“I would like to thank Dr. Ramsey for the years we have worked together. My wife Terrilynn and I love this city and the University of Louisville. We will support the governor and will continue to be committed to our university.”
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