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UofL President James Ramsey resigns; Neville Pinto named interim president

James Ramsey
James Ramsey

Board accepts resignation late Wednesday night

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 28, 2016) — The University of Louisville Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of President James Ramsey late Wednesday night. Ramsey had served as the 17th president of UofL since 2002.

Ramsey said in a statement: “I intend to continue my service to the University of Louisville through the Foundation, in whatever capacity the Foundation Board thinks best. The Foundation has played a critical role in advancing the University over the last decade, often tackling issues beyond the authority or expertise of the Board of Trustees. I look forward to continuing the Foundation’s work to keep our great University moving forward.”

Ramsey announced last month he was retiring, after Gov. Matt Bevin reorganized the board as part of an executive order.

Bevin at the time said, “There have been a number of incidents in recent months and years related to the University of Louisville that have shed less than the best of light on the University and the Commonwealth as a whole. The University’s Board of Trustees, as it exists right now, is operationally dysfunctional. Its dysfunction has precluded it from being fiduciarily effective. Today we are going to start putting the University of Louisville house in order. A fresh start is the right thing to do and is in the best interest of the students, faculty and staff.”

Chairman Pro Tem Ulyssess “Junior” Bridgeman said a national search will begin immediately for the next UofL president.

Neville Pinto will serve as interim president.

Neville Pinto
Neville Pinto

Pinto was appointed interim executive vice president and university provost on July 1, 2015. He joined UofL in 2011 as Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and professor of Chemical Engineering.

While dean, his accomplishments included spearheading development of the Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park and significantly strengthening the university’s relationship with GE. This partnership has led to educational and career opportunities for UofL students and encouraged GE to bring its FirstBuild microfactory to campus.

Prior to joining the Speed School, Dr. Pinto served at the University of Cincinnati in various capacities, including vice provost  from 2006-2011.

Pinto was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology New Delhi, where he earned his Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, and at Penn State University where he earned his MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering.