LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2012) – A growing partnership between the University of Louisville and Fort Knox topped the discussion list during UofL Board of Trustees’ committee meetings Jan. 12.
At the Academic and Student Affairs Committee meeting, retired U. S. Army Col. Renee Finnegan, who heads the UofL-Fort Knox partnership, outlined some of the program’s key initiatives, including plans to create a soldiers-only brain injury center at Jewish Hospital’s Frazier Rehab Institute.
Finnegan, who made the presentation along with Richard Goldstein, a physician and vice dean for clinical affairs at UofL’s School of Medicine, said there are few military-only concussion centers in the nation and none are located in the Midwest. According to Goldstein, the pilot program will focus on 350 soldiers at Fort Knox with the hope of expanding care to soldiers on other military posts.
UofL President James Ramsey said the university plans to model its Fort Knox partnership after its Signature Partnership Initiative, which relies on direction and advice from a community-based board.
Finnegan said there are 38 initiatives under way between the university and military groups and those programs encompass many areas including academics, research, training and business.
In other committee meetings, the board members:
• Approved creation of a Ph.D. program in Pan-African Studies.
• Approved renaming the Department of Surgery as the Hiram Polk Department of Surgery.
• Approved funding to make exterior repairs to University Tower Apartments and to renovate part of the Medical-Dental Apartments for use by the speech pathology program. The estimated cost for both projects is $807,000.
• Heard an interim financial report given by Vice President of Finance Mike Curtin for the three months ending Sept. 30, 2011, that showed university net assets of $856 million. There was an increase in total net assets of $51 million during the three-month period compared with a $62 million increase for the same period in the prior fiscal year.
All committee recommendations must go to the full board for approval.