"Great partnerships yield great rewards"
President's column from UofL magazine, Spring 2003.
"Great partnerships yield great rewards," UofL magazine, Spring 2003
One of our goals at U of L is to reinforce our many existing partnerships and engage new partners who can join us as we contribute to the educational, social and economic progress of our region and state.
Partnerships are especially important when state funds are scarce during tough economic times. This means that we must be especially assertive reaching out to the many organizations, public and private, that can share in our successes.
One of our newest partnerships involves one of our oldest partners, Jewish Hospital. Together with Jewish and the state’s Office of the New Economy, we are developing a Cardiac Innovation Institute to build upon our internationally recognized successes with cardiac assist devices (see story on p. 10). Funding comes from the three organizations and a fourth partner in the form of Sen. Mitch McConnell, who has secured federal support for the institute.
None of the partners would be able to develop this ambitious project alone, but by leveraging funds we will be able to develop a high-profile research program that will benefit heart patients and contribute to the growth of Kentucky’s economy. You can read more about Jewish Hospital’s long relationship with the university as well as additional federal support for U of L secured by Sen. McConnell and Rep. Anne Northup in this issue of UofL.
Making a Difference
We have many other partnerships that will make a positive difference. Another long-term partner, Norton HealthCare, is currently working with us to develop a cancer center that will give area residents access to the latest in cancer diagnosis and treatment without traveling far from home.
We are currently talking with Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson about ways we can assist our newly merged community. We are having similar conversations with Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Daeschner about building upon an already productive relationship that benefits both K-12 and higher education.
And I can’t omit our colleague research university, the University of Kentucky, in a discussion of great partnerships. UK President Lee Todd is enthusiastically supporting the growth of educational and research partnerships with U of L. Of course, UK and U of L will maintain a strong rivalry when it comes to basketball, football and other sports!
We have many business partnerships as well, including local and national companies that work with our Center for Engineering, Logistics and Distribution to help improve product flow between businesses and consumers. Metropolitan College, which provides students with employment as well as tuition to pay for college, is a nationally recognized public-private partnership between U of L, Jefferson Community College and UPS, with support from the state.
And, of course, the state’s Research Challenge Trust Fund, or “Bucks for Brains,” has created many dynamic partnerships with private donors, who match state funds to help us attract and retain leading scholars and researchers. We have worked carefully to ensure that these public and private funds are being used in areas that will advance the economic progress, quality of life and educational achievement of our state.
All of our partners—those we have worked with for years and those who are joining forces with us for the first time—are essential to our progress. We are very grateful for their confidence, support and collaborative spirit.