Major gift will help five Louisville-area schools


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development has received a $5 million gift from the Mary K. Oxley Foundation to boost teacher preparedness, retention and professional development at five Louisville-area schools.

    Another $2.5 million in matching funds from the UofL Foundation will complement the Oxley gift, which is the largest private gift in the CEHD history.

    Five Jefferson County Public Schools will share in the benefits including The Academy @ Shawnee, Westport Middle and Atkinson, Cochran and Portland elementary schools. All are part of UofL’s Signature Partnership Initiative, a program launched in 2007 to improve quality of life for residents in west Louisville.

    The combined Oxley and UofL Foundation gifts will provide:

    Cindy Hess
    Cindy Hess has more than 30 years of experience in communications, marketing and investor relations, including more than a decade at UofL. She is "sort of" retired but happy to come back to the Office of Communications and Marketing to help with special projects and assignments.