A group of Central High School students getting a jump on their college careers learned a little about economics this week, courtesy of UofL President James Ramsey.

Dr. Ramsey visited Central on Thursday, when he was the guest lecturer in a dual credit Introduction to Business Management course created by UofL College of Business professor Nat Irvin.

Dr. Ramsey talked to the students about how the national economy has changed since he had his first job as a shift worker at the old Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. plant at 15th and Hill streets.

“What I love is economics,” said Dr. Ramsey, a former state budget director. He then delivered a lecture about the Kentucky and U.S. economies, current state budget challenges and the importance of a college education.

As part of the visit, Dr. Ramsey and UofL admissions director Jenny Sawyer notified several of the students that they had been accepted to the university.

Central High School is one of the schools included in UofL’s Signature Partnership Initiative. The initiative is a university and community effort to elevate the levels of education, improve health care access and support economic development in Louisville’s West End neighborhoods.

Central and UofL also have other ties.

Dan Hall, vice president of UofL’s Office of Community Engagement, is a 1969 Central graduate. He attended the visit to his alma mater this week. Central Principal Raymond Green graduated from UofL. Currently, 201 Central alums attend the university.

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.