UofL to hold presidential search listening sessions May 10-11

    The oval entrance and Grawemeyer Hall at UofL.
    The oval entrance and Grawemeyer Hall at UofL.

    As part of the University of Louisville’s presidential search process, the search committee is conducting a listening tour to enable the community to ask questions and provide suggestions for desirable traits in the university’s next president.

    UofL alumni are invited to a session Tuesday, May 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in rooms 116 and 117, Swain Student Activities Center, Belknap Campus.

    The community at large is invited to a similar session Wednesday, May 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, Belknap Campus.

    The public sessions will be both in person and on Microsoft Teams. To attend virtually, go to www.louisville.edu/presidential-search/events. If you cannot participate in the discussion, please use the online form on that site to provide your feedback.

    Additional sessions will be held for students, faculty and staff. These sessions are not open to the public. Meetings also will be held with on-campus constituency groups, including the Council of Academic Officers; the executive committees of the Faculty and Staff senates; Student Government Association leadership; the Presidential Search Faculty Consultation Committee; and representatives from the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, the Commission on the Status of Women and diversity leaders.

    The search committee will use feedback from all these sessions to create a leadership statement/job description for the presidency and to inform decisions made during the search process.


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    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.