The proposed budget includes:

  • 3 percent salary increase pool for UofL employees
  • 3 percent tuition increase
  • 3 percent increase in student financial aid
  • $750,000 for the University of the 21st Century initiative

The committee also approved a wish list of capital construction projects to present to state government leaders.  If the list is approved by the full board of trustees, UofL’s top priority would be a new $72 million instructional building on the Health Sciences Center campus.

UofL president James Ramsey pointed out that the budget of all UofL-related entities including the UofL Athletic Association, UofL Research Foundation and others will top $1.2 billion next fiscal year. Just 11 percent of the money, or about $141 million, will come from state support.

The board’s audit committee met May 13 and recommended approval of a contract extension for Strothman and Co., the firm that reviewed UofL’s financial management systems, made recommendations for improvements and is overseeing the university’s implementation of the changes.  UofL has paid Strothman and Co. $179,808 since July 2013. 

At a special meeting Thursday, the full board of trustees approved the merging of two School of Medicine divisions into a new Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders.

The trustees also received updates on several issues involving the Health Sciences Center campus, including the School of Medicine accreditation and the partnership with KentuckyOne Health. 


John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.