Fourth highest honorary award that can be given to a private citizen
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 9, 2016) — University of Louisville President James Ramsey received the U.S. Army Commander’s Award, the fourth highest public service honorary award that can be given to a private citizen.
The framed award, consisting of a bronze medal and a certificate, is given to civilians who contribute significantly to the mission of the U.S. Army. Ramsey was honored for his contributions to the Kentucky National Guard.
“As a direct result of his leadership, the University of Louisville has instituted several policies to assist our Guardsman in the pursuit of higher education,” said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, former commander of the Kentucky National Guard. “His exemplary efforts and patriotism bring great distinction to himself, the Kentucky National Guard, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
Under Dr. Ramsey, UofL has:
- Offered in-state tuition to all Kentucky Guardsmen and their dependents, as well as partially matched federal tuition assistance dollars.
- Offered a four-year scholarship annually to a cadet from the ChalleNGe Academy, a program the Kentucky National Guard administers to assist at-risk youth.
- Helped develop the Kentucky National Guard’s partnership with the Republic of Djibouti, hosting a delegation the east African nation in 2014 and directing UofL staff to assist the government in public health and engineering projects.
“The University of Louisville is committed to helping our military personnel and their families pursue the dream of a college education,” Ramsey said. “I am proud to accept this award on behalf of these brave men and women. UofL’s commitment to them will not waver.”