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Trustees approve goals for president, leadership team

by John Drees, communications and marketing last modified Sep 14, 2012 09:39 AM

Awarding more degrees, raising the graduation rate, finding new revenue sources and boosting research and innovation were among the top goals set for 2012–2013 by UofL officials and approved at a Sept. 13 board of trustees meeting.

The board approved 14 shared goals for President James Ramsey and his leadership team, which includes Provost Shirley Willihnganz, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs David Dunn and Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation Bill Pierce. Target goals include awarding 2,712 baccalaureate degrees, 175 doctoral degrees and enhancing student-success initiatives such as career planning and peer mentoring.

In addition, the board approved 15 individual goals, split among the team members.

Ramsey said that one of his top goals was to ensure “follow through” on the three tax-increment financing (TIF) districts that correspond to UofL’s three campuses. The university activated a TIF district that includes the Health Sciences Center earlier this year and administrators expect it to generate more than $1 million in 2012. The Belknap and Shelby campus TIF areas are not activated.

Ramsey also said he will help the university reach its capital campaign goal of $1 billion by 2014 and to develop “the best alumni program in the United States.”

Willihnganz’s goals include improving UofL’s graduation rate and its graduate education and mentoring programs.

Dunn told the trustees that finding a suitable health care partner for University of Louisville Hospital is “essential” for achieving the goals his unit set. University officials have been seeking potential hospital partners through a request for proposal process that began last February.

Pierce’s goals include leading initiatives to help commercialize UofL research.

In other business, the board approved officers for 2012–2013. Frank Minnifield and Robert Hughes will continue as chair and vice chair, respectively.

The board also heard reports from the UofL Foundation, Alumni Association, Athletic Association and Nucleus.

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