Grawemeyer Hall
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The UofL Board of Trustees at its April 26 meeting heard presentations on academic health centers and received updates on UofL Athletics and the status of the university’s efforts to address accreditation issues

The board heard from the heads of health systems at the University of Kansas and Vanderbilt University regarding how their organizations separated governance of the clinical enterprises away from the universities proper.

Both systems took the actions during recent years in reaction to changing dynamics in healthcare. Both leaders stressed the positive impact on the clinical enterprise and the consistent academic support back to the university while insulating the universities from potential risk.

President Greg Postel stressed that UofL has not made any proposals related to this type of action. However, the transition of management of UofL Hospital and the JGBCC to the university medical center affords the university the opportunity to examine the management structure at HSC.

In other action, Postel updated the board on the UofL Athletic Association’s budget process. He noted that ULAA’s budget will be incorporated into the university’s overall budget, which will be submitted for approval at the trustees’ June meeting.

Also at the meeting, Provost Dale Billingsley updated the board on the university’s progress in addressing issues raised as part of the university’s probation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Billingsley said he will bring any needed revisions to the Redbook, UofL’s governing document, back to the board for its approval before submitting to SACS in September.

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