“The University of Louisville is such an important part of this community that I’m just grateful to be a small part of supporting it,” Swope said at the time.

Swope graduated from Ohio State University and moved to Elizabethtown in 1951. He built a large, successful dealership there before moving to Louisville in 1961 and developing Sam Swope Auto Group.

“This is a generous gift from a generous man” Ramsey said.  “Sam’s love for UofL and the people of Louisville clearly knows no bounds.”

Swope has been a strong supporter of Kosair Charities, Boy Scouts, Masonic Homes and other Louisville-area nonprofit groups. 

His $1 million gift to UofL is undesignated and the university will spend it on top priorities.



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.