President Neeli Bendapudi will open the UofL-Yearlings Club fall forum series Sept. 17.
President Neeli Bendapudi

When she’s having a rough day, University of Louisville president Neeli Bendapudi says she will often sneak out of her office and track down students to talk to. Those chats have been energy boosters during Bendapudi’s first year at the helm.

As she marks her first full year at UofL this month, the former provost at the University of Kansas says she’s overwhelmed and pleasantly surprised by the support she’s received here from students, employees, alumni and the community. Bendapudi is most excited about the ongoing strategic planning process which, she says, will reflect UofL’s values and set the university on a solid course for the future.

Check out more of what she had to say as she reflects on Year One at UofL:


Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.