UofL trustees approve contract extension for James Ramsey


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees today voted to extend UofL President James Ramsey’s contract until June 30, 2020. Ramsey’s contract would have expired June 30, 2012.

    Board member Robert Hughes said terms of the agreement, including compensation, would be addressed later.

    “We want to send a strong message of support for Jim Ramsey,” Hughes said.

    Frank Minnifield, who chairs the board, said Ramsey was “the best college president in Kentucky and one of the best in the country.”

    Trustee Marie Abrams noted that Ramsey was a driving force behind HB1, which led to higher education reform in Kentucky and UofL’s mandate to become a “premier metropolitan research university” by 2020. Ramsey is “largely responsible for much of the progress we’ve made toward that goal,” she said.

    Ramsey said he plans to accept the contract extension. He said he wants to fulfill the contract since it will give him an opportunity to stay for the duration of the institution’s strategic plan, which is based on achieving key goals by 2020.

    The trustees also approved the appointment of William Pierce as executive vice president for research and innovation. Pierce had been serving in the role on an interim basis for more than a year. Ramsey said Pierce’s deep knowledge of the university and commitment to funded research made him “the candidate of choice.”

    In other business, the trustees approved audited financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2011. Vice President for Finance Mike Curtin gave board members an overview and said the university had “an excellent year” in which net assets increased by $32 million over the previous year to $804 million.

    The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Nov. 10, 2011.

    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.