Willihnganz portrait unveiling marks Hall of Provosts opening
Dozens of faculty, staff and friends celebrated the accomplishments of Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and University Provost Shirley Willihnganz Sept. 12, as she and President James Ramsey announced the opening of the Hall of Provosts in Grawemeyer Hall.
Provost Shirley Willihnganz, right, unveils her portrait with the help of Joe Steffen, chair of the Faculty Senate, left, and President James Ramsey, background.
Willihnganz helped unveil her portrait, which will grace the entrance to the hall until her retirement from the post. At that point, it will hang inside the Grawemeyer rotunda, along with portraits of UofL’s previous provosts.
Willihnganz thanked her staff and praised the entire faculty for academic improvements at UofL since her 2002 appointment. She added that the Hall of Provosts actually is a tribute to the many faculty who have contributed to the university’s growth as an academic institution.
“We can never forget the central thing a university does is to educate people,” she said. “The provost gets to be the face of the important role that faculty play.”
Ramsey compared Willihnganz to a successful coach, saying the provost “is the one who calls the plays and makes things happen at the university.”
He noted that he met Willihnganz while interviewing for the acting presidency in 2002.
“I’ve been thankful for that day ever since,” he said.
Willihnganz is UofL’s fourth provost. Portraits of her predecessors will be unveiled at a later date.