UofL taps Shannon Rickett for government relations role


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville today announced that Shannon Rickett has been named interim assistant vice president for government relations effective Jan. 2, pending board of trustees’ approval.

    “I’m looking forward to returning to Kentucky,” said Rickett, a Corbin native. “This is a wonderful opportunity to come back to the Commonwealth to serve my alma mater, the University of Louisville.  I can’t wait to get started.”

    Since 2012 Rickett has been an adviser to U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. First, she was a field representative in Somerset and, later, moved to Washington, D.C., as his legislative assistant. Her career also includes professional work with the Ohio Republican Party and National Institute for Hometown Security.

    Rickett was a McConnell Scholar at UofL, an officer in student government and earned her degree in business administration, summa cum laude, in 2002. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas, in 2005.

    “Shannon knows the university from the inside, is steeped in its mission, and has a proven record of building relationships within the Commonwealth and in DC, said Vice President for Strategy and General Counsel Leslie Chambers Strohm. “We are thrilled that Shannon has returned home to UofL and joined our team.”


    John Karman, III
    John Karman joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2014 after a 20-plus year career as a Louisville journalist. He has served as director of media relations since 2015. In that role, he answers reporters’ inquiries and is the university’s main spokesperson. John was a reporter for Business First of Louisville from 1999 to 2013. There, he won numerous awards from the Louisville chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and American City Business Journals, parent company to Business First. John can die happy after seeing the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series, although he would also enjoy another title.