President James Ramsey - In Person
President. Provost, dean, professor, manager, director.
As much as these titles describe and apply to the work that happens at the University of Louisville, they don't get to the essence of what makes UofL unique — its people.
Once or twice a month, UofL Today will profile people who help to make the university what it is, starting with President James Ramsey — In Person.
Name: James R. Ramsey
UofL title and department: President and professor of economics (however, the dean of the College of Business has put me out to pasture)
At UofL since: 1999
In current post since: 2002
Hometown: Fern Creek
First job and what I learned from it: Selling popcorn at high school basketball games when I was in the second grade. I learned you need to hustle or someone else will beat you to the sale.
The thing I like most about what I do: I get good seats at the football and basketball games. Seriously, I truly believe we are making a difference in this community and the lives of people.
I am: Focused
I never: Give up
Guilty pleasure: Sweets
Favorite book: Too many to mention but recently — “Three Cups of Tea” and "Stones to Schools."
Favorite TV show: Jerry Seinfeld reruns
In the car I listen to: Golden Oldies, Sirius XM6
Favorite quote: I have two. Woodford Porter: “Education is the great equalizer”; and “Behind the dream is the deed; behind the deed is the doer.”
These animals share my world: 3 loving Chinese pugs who are always there to greet me when I come home regardless of how trying the day has been
My day begins: 4 a.m.
I wish I had more time to: Read and exercise
When I'm not cheering for the Cards, I'm cheering for: There is no one other than the Cards
Most Friday nights you'll find me: If not working, collapsed at about 7 in the evening
If my life were a movie: It would probably close after opening day