Dr. Neeli Bendapudi

President, University of Louisville

Neeli Bendapudi is the 18th President of the University of Louisville.

Selected by the UofL Board of Trustees in April 2018, Dr. Bendapudi came to Louisville from the University of Kansas where she served as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. On the KU campus, Dr. Bendapudi was known for her collaborations with the business community, fundraising, faculty support and affable personality, telling faculty, staff and students to “just call me Neeli.” Dr. Bendapudi was also known for giving her personal cell phone number to all first year students.

She earned her Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Kansas and has teaching experience at The Ohio State University and Texas A&M University. Dr. Bendapudi returned to KU in 2011 to become the School of Business dean and H.D. Price Professor of Business.

Professor Bendapudi specializes in the study of consumer behavior in service contexts. Her research deals with customers' willingness and ability to maintain long-term relationships with firms and with the brands and employees that represent them.

Dr. Bendapudi’s research has been published in the Journal of Academic Medicine, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Service Research and in the proceedings of various national and international conferences. Her research has been featured by popular media outlets including The New York Times, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, WebMD and Fox News Network. She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Marketing. Additionally, she has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA and Ph.D. levels and has received numerous college, university and national teaching awards.

Previously, she served as chief customer officer of the Huntington National Bank and has been actively involved in business outreach through consulting and executive education programs.

A highly sought-after keynote speaker, she has addressed national and international audiences for many companies, trade groups and organizations including Alliance Data Systems, Cardinal Health, Deloitte & Touche, Dow Chemical, Huntington Bank, HY Louie (Canada), Limited Brands, Marriott, Mayo Clinic, National Association of Convenience Stores, Nationwide Insurance, OXXO/FEMSA (Mexico), Radici Group (Italy), Retail Forward, SPAR (Austria) and Yellow Roadways, among many others.

Dr. Bendapudi sits on the Board of Directors of publicly held companies Lancaster Colony Corporation and Fred’s Inc., and has sat on several non-profit organization boards, including MRIGlobal, an independent research institute.

Dr. Bendapudi was recognized as one of 2016’s "50 Kansans You Should Know," in Ingram’s, Kansas City’s Business Magazine. She is a former Leadership Foundation Fellow of the International Women's Forum, one of a select group of women selected worldwide for this prestigious honor.

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University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292


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