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Board of Trustees meeting overview

by UofL Today last modified Feb 11, 2011 03:15 PM

At its Feb. 8 meeting, the University of Louisville Board of Trustees approved promotions and administrative new hires and the 2011 Alumni Fellows. It also heard reports from President James Ramsey and Kent School of Social Work Dean Terry Singer.

Here’s an overview of the meeting:

President Ramsey’s Midyear Report

President James Ramsey reported on midyear progress on UofL’s 2010-2011 goals.

The university already has met four of the 16 goals that serve as benchmarks of its progress, he said. Those goals are a continued increase in the baccalaureate graduation rate (up to 49 percent as of December), growth in community partnerships, improvement in diversity and related programs and high marks from an independent rating organization for energy-efficient operations.

Ramsey said he is pleased by the progress so far and noted that funding will continue to be the biggest challenge UofL faces.

Kent School Snapshot

Terry Singer, dean of the Kent School of Social Work, provided board members with a snapshot of the school and its major initiatives.

The school, he said, has earned more than $5 million in federal research awards in the last five years and has become a "school of destination" for doctoral graduates.

Singer also reported that the school's first Bucks for Brains faculty member will be hired soon. The post—an endowed chair in oncology social work— may be the first such post in the nation, he said.


Wendy Pfeffer, PhD, professor of classical and modern languages, promoted from assistant dean to associate dean of graduate education, effective July 1.

Mostafa Fraig, MD, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine (term) and professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep disorders medicine (term), received additional appointment as the William M. Christopherson Endowed Chair in Oncologic Pathology, effective March 1.

Administrative New Hires

Donald Rizzo, associate vice president for development, and Ann Coffey, senior executive director of advancement operations.

2011 Alumni Fellows

Alumni Fellow is the most prestigious award the Alumni Association gives. It goes to alumni who are leaders in their field and who receive recommendation from an academic unit. Fellows return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty and staff.

2011 recipients are

  • Jane Greenbaum Eskind, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Robinson Brown III, College of Business
  • Robert McGuinn, DMD, School of Dentistry
  • Maj. Kent Solheim, College of Education and Human Development
  • Yung Nguyen, J.S. Speed School of Engineering
  • Alfonso Batres, Kent School of Social Work
  • Howard Fineman, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
  • Larry Cook, School of Medicine
  • Terry Cravens, School of Music
  • Charlotte Ipsan, School of Nursing
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