The U.S. Department of Education’s annual back-to-school bus tour came to Louisville on Sept. 17, with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stopping by UofL’s Belknap campus to take a tour and meet current and future Cardinal students.

The “Ready for Success” tour events highlight the progress and achievements of educators, students, families and leaders in expanding opportunity for students throughout the nation. Duncan joined UofL and high school students for an on-campus roundtable discussion focused on the challenges young people face in pursuit of a college degree.

“The kids are inspiring,” Duncan said. “Just applying to college is a new, sometimes daunting experience, maybe a little overwhelming, but these kids I met with and took the tour with are really serious and passionate about getting a college education. It makes me very hopeful and it’s our job to provide as much financial aid as possible and be a good partner. These kids are the future of this city and the future of our nation, so it’s incumbent on all of us to help them get to where they want to go.”

Matt Lambert
Matt has served in multiple communications and marketing roles since joining UofL in 2012 and is currently a communications specialist in charge of national media outreach for research and academics. He came to UofL following a successful tenure as the Associate Director of Public Affairs and External Relations at Loyola University New Orleans. In his 20-plus year career in communications, Matt has worked as an award-winning journalist, owned his own political consulting firm and served as a communications director in the U.S. Congress. He is not only employed by UofL, but also a recent graduate, earning his MBA from the College of Business in May 2016.