UofL trustees approve award, bond refinancing


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville board of trustees voted Thursday to give the 2014 Trustees Award to physics professor David Brown.

    The prize recognizes outstanding teaching. Brown was nominated for the award by his students who raved about his enthusiastic classroom teaching style. Brown told the trustees, “I am honored and humbled to be chosen” and thanked his colleagues.

    The trustees also approved the refinancing of bonds for projects on the Health Sciences Center campus. Hundreds of thousands of dollars will be realized through the bond refinancing, which was for work done on the medical laundry facility and steam and chilled water plant.

    Craig Blakely, dean of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences, told the board that UofL has reached agreement with Pakistan to offer a Master of Public Health degree in Lahore, Pakistan, effective fall 2014. The program will be the only masters-level public health program available to Pakistanis without leaving the country.

    Blakely told board members that Pakistan is a country of 180 million people with only two public health training programs. The initiative will establish a presence for the university in a strategic area of the world while also addressing public health and medical issues and opening doors to greater teaching, service, and research opportunities for our Louisville-based faculty and students. SPHIS will partner with the NUR Foundation and Fatima Memorial System, according to Blakely.

    The next meeting of the board of trustees is scheduled for May 8.

    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.