UofL executive vice president and provost announces resignation

Shirley Willihnganz to remain on until June 30

Shirley Willihnganz
Shirley Willihnganz

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2015) — University of Louisville executive vice president and provost Shirley Willihnganz is stepping down at the end of the academic year.

Willihnganz will serve as provost through June 30.

Willihnganz was named acting provost in 2002 and hired on a permanent basis in 2004. She has overseen a 60 percent increase in student graduation rates, as well as tremendous growth in student services and activities.

A professor of communication, Willihnganz has taught at UofL since 1985. Prior to her position as provost, she has served in several administrative roles, including acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Department of Communication.

Willihnganz said she plans to take some time off before returning to teaching in 2016.