UofL names interim provost


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. –University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey has named Neville Pinto interim executive vice president and provost, replacing Shirley Willihnganz who is stepping down from the positions June 30th. The provost is the chief academic officer at UofL. Pinto is currently the dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

    “Dr. Pinto is passionate about teaching students in new ways and developing collaborations between academic units and community partners,” Ramsey said. “He is highly respected by UofL faculty and is the perfect fit to keep UofL on the amazing trajectory Dr. Willihnganz helped start and sustain.”

    “I am honored to be asked to take on this new role,” Pinto said. “Under President Ramsey’s leadership, I look forward to building on the momentum that Provost Willihnganz has established during her distinguished tenure.”

    Pinto has been the dean of the engineering school and professor of chemical engineering since Sept. 2011. He has helped spearhead the development of the 39-acre Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park, which is being built behind the engineering school. Pinto will continue to head that project while serving as interim provost.

    During Pinto’s tenure, UofL’s relationship with GE has blossomed. He was the lead negotiator in bringing GE’s FirstBuild microfactory to the Belknap Campus. Also, GE has added UofL to its list of colleges and universities from which it recruits new engineers and hosts UofL engineering courses at Appliance Park.

    Willihnganz has been provost since 2003. She will be returning to the faculty. Pinto will assume the provost position when Willihnganz steps down at the end of the academic year.

    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.