Length of Service: July 29, 2021 – present
Term Expires: January 13, 2027
Jerry Abramson, formerly the Mayor of Louisville, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, was appointed to the UofL Board of Trustees by Governor Andy Beshear on July 29, 2021.
As Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Abramson oversaw the Obama administration’s domestic agenda with state, city, county and tribal elected officials across the country.
He served as Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor alongside Gov. Steve Beshear, from 2011-2014.
Currently, Abramson serves as the Executive in Residence at Spalding University, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes and guest lectures in courses on comparative leadership, public finance, and innovation in all levels of government. Previously, he served as the Executive in Residence at Bellarmine University.
Prior to his tenure in state government, Abramson was Louisville’s longest-serving mayor with 21 years in office. He served three terms as mayor of the old City of Louisville (1986-1999) and two terms as mayor of the merged Louisville Metro Government (2003-10), overseeing the successful consolidation of the city and Jefferson County. His long tenure earned him the nickname “Mayor for Life.” He is a past president of the United States Conference of Mayors.
Abramson received his bachelor’s degree in business economics and public policy at IU. He received his juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. He and his wife, Madeline, have a son, Sidney, and a daughter-in-law, Kandice.
Length of Service: December 1, 2019 - present
Term Expires: January 13, 2023
Scott Brinkman most recently served as the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet in Governor Bevin’s administration. In this capacity, he oversaw the various Cabinets and was responsible for implementing the Governor’s policies and programs.
Mr. Brinkman represented the 32nd legislative district in eastern Jefferson County in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 2001-2010. He was a member of the Health and Welfare Committee during his entire tenure in the House of Representatives as well as a member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee during his last eight years as a state representative.
Before his appointment as the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet, Scott practiced law in Louisville for 35 years, most recently with the firm Stoll Keenon Ogdon, specializing in corporate, real estate and public finance law during his legal career. He has also been involved in a number of civic and charitable activities including having served as the Chair of the Kentucky Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders. He currently serves on the Board of the Applied Behavior Analyst Licensure Board as well as the Board of the Waterfront Development Corporation.
Scott is a 1977 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1980 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He and his wife Donna reside in Louisville. They have three children.
Length of Service: July 13, 2017 - present
Term Expires: January 13, 2025
Dr. Raymond Burse most recently served as President of Kentucky State University from August 2014 until May 2016. He served as Vice President and General Counsel for GE Appliances and Lighting from May 2002 until August 2012, and as President of Kentucky State University from July 1982 to April 1989. Dr. Burse has a long and impressive record of achievement in academics, athletics, and community service.
The youngest of twelve children, he was born on June 8, 1951, in Hopkinsville, KY. After graduating tenth in a class of 325 students from Christian County High School, Dr. Burse declined several football scholarships and elected to attend Kentucky's Centre College in Danville, KY, where he majored in chemistry and mathematics. At Centre College, he was a member of the American Chemical Society and the Black-White Coalition. He also served as vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa and founder and three-year president of the Black Student Union. Active in student government, Dr. Burse served as an advisor to the President of Centre College and as treasurer of the "C" Club.
At the end of his college career, Dr. Burse's achievements were recognized by three distinct honors: he was named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities; he won the Fred M. Vinson Honor Award; and earned the coveted Rhodes Scholarship. Dr. Burse spent two years at Oxford University, England, where he majored in organic chemistry and participated in basketball, track, crew, and rugby. He earned three "Blues," one in rugby, becoming the first black American and only the sixth American to achieve such distinction.
In 1975, Dr. Burse returned to the United States to attend Harvard Law School. He is the recipient of the John W. Davis Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. After receiving his Juris Doctorate, he returned to Kentucky to practice with Wyatt, Grafton & Sloss, now Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, Attorneys-at-Law, prior to his first tenure as President of Kentucky State University.
Dr. Burse and his wife, Kim, currently reside in Prospect, KY. He has three sons, Raymond Jr., Justin, and Eric.
Length of Service: January 14, 2022 – present
Term Expires: January 13, 2028
Dr. Larry Benz, DPT, OCS, MBA, MAPP, is the President/CEO of Confluent Health, and he is nationally recognized for his expertise in private practice physical therapy and occupational medicine.
In 2011, Dr. Benz was appointed to the Board of Trustees by then Governor Steve Beshear, where he served as board chairman from 2015-2017. During this tenure, Dr. Benz also served as a member of the UofL Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors. Currently, he serves as a member of the UofL Athletic Association, Inc. Board of Directors and the President’s Council.
He is the recipient of numerous business and physical therapy awards, including the Kentucky Physical Therapy’s Outstanding Physical Therapists Award, Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year,” and was named one of Louisville Business First’s Most Admired CEOs. Dr. Benz is the author of the Amazon Best-Selling book, Called to Care: A Medical Provider's Guide for Humanizing Healthcare.
Length of Service: July 1, 2022 - present
Term Expires: June 30, 2023
Dorian Brown is a Junior at the University of Louisville pursuing a degree in Communications and is the current SGA Student Body President. His administration’s goals for 2022-2023 are to communicate concerns of students effectively to respective administrators and university units, increase student awareness of campus resources, increase student attendance at all Athletic Events, and build a better relationship between SGA and the Cultural and Equity Center.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Dorian is a current member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, an Ambassador for the Men of PEACC, and has participated in the MetroCollege Program through UPS.
Length of Service: September 3, 2020 - present
Term Expires: January 13, 2026
Alfonso N. Cornish is Chief Learning Officer for Closing the Gap Consulting, LLC and Culture Docs. Both organizations work to assist organizations in creating healthy workplace cultures.
Mr. Cornish is the former System Vice President, Learning and Organizational Development/Chief Learning Officer for Norton Healthcare. He was responsible for the leadership of Norton University. Norton University is responsible for the staff, physician, leadership and executive development programs as well as e-learning offerings. In addition, he was responsible for media services and diversity and inclusion.
Mr. Cornish has over forty years’ experience in administrative, training, human resource and operations management. He has been in senior leadership roles in some of the most well-known companies in America including AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., Central Parking Systems Inc., 7-Eleven Food Stores, Inc. and Hardee’s Food Systems. Prior to joining Norton Healthcare, he served as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Prince George’s County, Maryland.
A graduate of Cambridge Senior High School in Maryland, Mr. Cornish is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management (Summa Cum Laude) from Lacrosse University.
An active participant in his community, Mr. Cornish holds membership in several professional and social organizations, including the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Theta Omega Chapter); Life Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Louisville, Kentucky Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; Association for Talent Development; Associate Member, Leadership Louisville; and University of Maryland and Lacrosse University’s National Alumni Associations.
He serves on numerous boards including the Bates Community Development Corporation; Campbellsville University Louisville Campus; Dare to Care Food Bank; Family Scholar House; The Healing Place; Kentucky Derby Festival; Louisville Urban League Guild; Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence; Simmons College of Kentucky; Spalding University; University of Louisville Healthcare Leadership; University System of Maryland Foundation and Volunteers of America (National).
Mr. Cornish is married to Dr. Yvonne D. Austin. He has a son, Alfonso II (and his family, one child) who resides in Minneapolis, MN; a step son, Kenneth Austin (and his family - wife and two children) who resides in Raleigh, NC and one step daughter, Victorea Sampson (and her family - husband and one child) who reside in Orlando, FL.
Length of Service: April 23, 2019 - present
Term Expires: January 13, 2025
Diane Medley is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of MCM CPAs & Advisors. Her client service practice focuses on management advisory services, business valuation, litigation support and individual and corporate tax. Diane has been practicing public accounting for over 30 years and she is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Medley has led MCM through several mergers and acquisitions, making the company the largest CPA firm in the region with more than 300 employees across five locations, including offices in Lexington, Jeffersonville, Ind., Cincinnati, and headquarters in Louisville.
As Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Ms. Medley was the first woman in the region to have this leadership position within a major firm, and is currently one of only three female Managing Partners in the Top 100 firms in the U.S.
Ms. Medley’s corporate board experience includes serving on the board of Brinly-Hardy, a private, multi-generational family company based in Southern Indiana. Ms. Medley is also actively involved in the local community, serving as Immediate Past Chair of Greater Louisville Inc. - the Metro Chamber of Commerce; Vice Chair of the Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation; Treasurer and Board Member of One Southern Indiana, member of the University of Louisville Entrepreneurship Council; Board Member of Nucleus, a regional leader in business incubation for entrepreneurs engaged in innovation and research; Louisville Steering Committee Member of 2020 Women on Boards; Membership Chair of the Louisville Women President’s Organization; Member of the Louisville Chapter of the International Women’s Forum; and member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Women Business Owners - Louisville Chapter, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.
Ms. Medley earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville where she was also named Valedictorian of her class and Outstanding Senior in accounting. She is married with four children and five grandchildren and resides near Louisville, Kentucky.
Length of Service: February 28, 2018 - present
Term Expires: January 13, 2024
Mary R. Nixon is a life-long Kentuckian, born and raised in Lexington. Following graduation from Western Kentucky University, Mrs. Nixon moved to Louisville where she has lived and worked ever since. She is committed to public service and passionate about higher education, having served on the Western Kentucky University’s Board of Advisors, endowed an Accounting Professorship at her alma mater, and having volunteered her time on various local educational projects.
Upon graduation from WKU, Mrs. Nixon spent 9 years at Ernst & Young's Louisville office doing audit and tax work for financial institutions, health care, and manufacturing clients. She joined PNC Bank as the Corporate Tax Manager in 1986, and worked in various finance roles until becoming the Controller for the Kentucky/Indiana PNC operations in 1991.
In 1996, Mary joined KFC, later Yum! Brands, as Controller and since that time served as the Vice President of Shared Services, USA Controller, Vice President of Internal Audit, and Vice President of Tax and Internal Audit. She retired in 2017.
Professionally Mary has served as the Chairman of the Kentucky State Board of Accountancy, member of the Board of Caritas Health Services, and on committees of the Kentucky Economic Development Commission, Kentucky Commission on Tax Policy, and the Governor's Economic Roundtable.
Her community activities have included service with the Metro United Way de Tocqueville Society, Louisville Ballet, Junior Achievement, Leadership Louisville, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Home of the Innocents, Kentucky Derby Host program, and other volunteer activities. Mrs. Nixon has supported Western Kentucky University as Co-Chair of its $102 million capital campaign, and currently serves on the University of Louisville Foundation Board of Directors, Kentucky Center for the Arts Board of Directors, 21st Century Parks Board of Directors and Evolve502 Board of Directors (Board Chair).
Mary believes that the University of Louisville is a vital asset to the Louisville community and is excited at the prospect of it becoming a premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research university.
Length of Service: September 3, 2020 - present
Term Expires: January 13, 2026
Diane Porter takes pride in being an educator who has distinguished herself in the community as a thoughtful, well-informed member of the Jefferson County Board of Education. During her 39 years of service to Jefferson County Public Schools, she served as a teacher, counselor, principal and central office administrator. Ms. Porter’s focus was always dedicated advocacy of all students and their families.
Presently, Diane Porter serves on the Jefferson County Board of Education in an elected office, as the representative from District 1. Ms. Porter was first appointed to the school board in June 2010. Five months later, she was elected to a full four-year term and is currently serving in her third term. She served as the board’s chair from January 2011-2014, January 2015 - January 17 and was re-elected again January 2018 to the present time. September 2020 Governor Andy Beshear appointed her to serve on the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. A life-long resident of District 1, Ms. Porter herself is a product of Jefferson County, Kentucky’s public schools graduating from JCPS and the University of Louisville.
Diane Porter has served on the Chestnut Street Branch YMCA Black Achievers Celebration Committee and is a life member of both the Louisville Urban League and the NAACP. Besides serving on the school board, she serves her community on the Boards of the Fund for the Arts, Louisville Urban League and Leadership Louisville where she was selected to the 2014 class of Leadership Louisville’s Bingham Fellows. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Louisville (KY) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.
Ms. Porter’s most cherished role was that of parent to her only child, Alysia Danielle (Dani) Porter, who left this earth far too soon, but not without a long and impactful legacy of love, friendship and service to everyone she met.
Length of Service: January 13, 2017 - present
Term Expires: January 13, 2024
James Rogers is an alumnus of the University of Louisville, holding a B.S. in Business Administration. He is the retired former executive vice president and chief operating officer of Louisville-based investment firm J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons Inc. He serves with the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA) since 2000, hearing cases involving potential violations. He also serves with the Kentucky Region Red Cross, Lincoln Heritage Council Boy Scouts, and Kentucky Colonels.
Length of Service: September 7, 2022 - present
Term Expires: September 6, 2023
Dr. Eugene Mueller is chair of the Faculty Senate and Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. Eugene received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois-Urbana, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University
Eugene’s research foci at the University of Louisville has been enzymology, tRNA modification, sulfur transfer, and bioorganic mechanism.
Length of Service: July 9, 2018 - present
Term Expires: June 30, 2022
John Smith is the assistant director of Intramural and Recreational Sports and the staff-elected representative to the Board of Trustees. Mr. Smith received his BS in Recreation Administration from Eastern Kentucky University in 1979 and MS in Recreation Administration from Eastern Kentucky University in 1980. John is a National Federation Football official who was selected to work the 2000 Kentucky State Championship game. He is also a NCAA Volleyball official, serves as Supervisor of Officials for Fast Pitch Softball and Volleyball for over 40 area high schools. In 1995 John received the Most Outstanding Volleyball Official award from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. In 2006 he received the Outstanding Sports Supervisor award from the the same KHSAA. John is a certified instructor in Heartsaver CPR, AED Use and First Aid as well as Basic Life Supprt for Health Professionals for the American Heart Association. Prior to coming to UofL in 1987 John was the Assistant Director of Athletics for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.
Length of Service: April 9, 2021 - present
Term Expires: January 13, 2027