UofL to name building after former UofL president


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville will name its Belknap Research Building after former UofL President John Shumaker. The university is planning a dedication ceremony and related events for Nov. 22-24.

    Shumaker served as UofL’s President from 1995-2002. Under his leadership, the university set its Challenge for Excellence goals and its research and academic missions began a significant expansion.

    “I have a great respect for John Shumaker and the job he did leading UofL,“ said current UofL President James Ramsey. Ramsey said he doesn’t believe Kentucky’s landmark higher education reforms of 1997 would have happened without the staunch support of Shumaker and UofL.

    The process for naming a building for Shumaker began in 2008 when Ramsey suggested Shumaker deserved recognition for his leadership at UofL. Ramsey appointed a committee of faculty and staff members who recommended that a building on the Belknap campus be named after Shumaker. Ramsey agreed and contacted Shumaker to set a date for the ceremony, which Shumaker is expected to attend.

    The Belknap Research Building was dedicated in 2006 and received several awards for its design and construction. It has more than 103,000 square feet of research and office space.

    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.