Board of Trustees approves new certificates and bachelor degrees Monday, Jan 27 2020 

By Maggie Vancampen —

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees met Jan. 23 to approve new certificates and bachelor degrees that will be available come Fall 2020.

The new certificates are the LGBTQ Health Studies undergraduate certificate and the Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Organizational Change in Higher Education.

The LGBTQ Health Studies undergraduate certificate is designed to educate anyone in the medical field about the needs of the LGBTQ community. According to the certificate’s description, “About 4.5 percent of the city’s population is estimated to be LGBTQ, and need exists for more knowledge about LGBTQ health.”

The Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Organizational Change in Higher Education will meet graduates’ needs to better understand how to manage organizational change within their work environment, especially if they focus more on teaching instead of administrative work.

The new bachelor degrees the Board of Trustees approved were the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Management and the Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Management is the revival of the College of Business’s former Management major. The college discontinued the major in 2008.

The revised major has more targeted course offerings and a required concentration in another discipline like finance or marketing.

The Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies is designed to help students understand urban economics and sociology and can concentrate in either urban planning or public administration theory.

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Gov. Bevin appoints three new board of trustee members Wednesday, Nov 27 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

Gov. Matt Bevin filled the three vacant University of Louisville board of trustee spots Nov. 22. Scott Brinkman, Randall J. Bufford and John Chilton are the three new trustees.

Brinkman currently serves as secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, overseeing the Commonwealth’s Cabinets and implementing policies and programs. He is also on the board of the Waterfront Development Corporation. He was formerly a lawyer in Louisville for 35 years.

Chilton is the state budget director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Before this, he was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for more than 40 years.

Bufford, the only appointee not a part of Gov. Bevin’s cabinet, is the founder and president of Trilogy Health Services, LLC. He was also a board member on U of L’s Nursing and Business School committees.

In the release, there was no information regarding how long each member’s term would last or start. The trustees are set to meet for the last time this year Dec. 12.

Gov. Bevin also made appointments to Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky’s board’s.

None of the three new members were available for comment at the time.

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David Grissom submits his resignation from board of trustees Tuesday, Oct 29 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville board of trustees will be losing their third member this year when former board chair David Grissom submitted his resignation Oct. 28.

John Karman, U of L spokesman, confirmed this and said it will be effective as of Dec. 1.

In July of this year Mary Nixon was voted as the new chairwoman of the board, with Grissom slated to remain on the board until his term expired. Grissom also came under fire earlier this year for his comments on the 2013 basketball scandal. 

Grissom was recorded in a deposition saying that former President James Ramsey told him that a board member was the cash source behind the scandal. This raised a lot of questions of who the potential source was and why Grissom didn’t give the name of said trustee.

In January of this year Grissom was in the spotlight again for calling President Neeli Bendapudi’s voice “sexy” during a board meeting. Bendapudi dismissed the sexist claims of the comments and said that it was nothing more than humor.

During his time as the chair Grissom was part of major decisions such as hiring Bendapudi. He was also a leading force in the firing of former basketball coach Rick Pitino and Athletic Director Tom Jurich.

U of L ended up with a settlement for more than $7 million to be paid to Jurich, while Pitino ultimately settled with the university not paying him any money.

Under Grissom, the board proceeded with a lawsuit suing Ramsey for unscrupulous spending during his tenure. This lawsuit is still pending.

Grissom was appointed to the board in January 2017 when Gov. Matt Bevin did a complete overhaul. Bevin gave Grissom the longest appointed term set to expire on Jan. 13, 2023.

The U of L board now has three spots to fill, with Nitin Sahney and Dr. Fred Williams Jr. both submitting their resignations earlier in September.

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U of L trustee Nitin Sahney resigns from board Sunday, Sep 22 2019 

By Matthew Keck–

Founder and CEO of PharmaCord Nitin Shaney officially resigned from the University of Louisville’s board of trustees. He submitted his resignation from the board in early September.

U of L spokesperson John Karman confirmed that Sahney did resign Sept. 13.

Sahney’s term on the board was set to expire on Jan. 13, 2021, but chose to end his term sooner. He was initially appointed to the board in 2016 when Gov. Matt Bevin overhauled the entire board.

As a board member Sahney was involved with major decisions including the hiring of now President Neeli Bendapudi. This was a decision made by the trustees that has been well received unanimously.

He was also involved in the chaos that revolved around the firing of Tom Jurich. This ended with U of L reaching a multimillion dollar settlement with Jurich over his termination.

Before serving as a trustee Sahney was the president and CEO of Omnicare Inc., a former Fortune 500 company that deals with long-term care and specialty industries.

There has been no official reason announced as to why Sahney resigned from the board. Sahney was not available for further comment at the time.

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U of L trustee is alleged source in stripper scandal Monday, Aug 12 2019 

By Matthew Keck and Gabriel Wiest

During a deposition on July 26, David Grissom testified that former University of Louisville President James Ramsey told him that a board of trustees member was the source of funds for the strippers in the Katina Powell scandal.

The allegations could not have come out at a worse time, as U of L is awaiting a NCAA ruling on title I violations that could affect the basketball program.

Ramsey’s attorney, Steve Pence, denied these claims and said that Ramsey has no reason to believe anyone on the board was behind that funding.

U of L spokesman John Karman said the university cannot comment since this is part of an ongoing litigation.

In a video deposition Grissom said, “He (Ramsey) told me that one of his board members was the cash source for paying off the strippers in the stripper incident.” He then went on to say, “He never disclosed that to the full board.”

This comes as U of L has filed a lawsuit against Ramsey claiming financial fraud. Grissom refused to identify the board member’s name but also stated that Ramsey never shared the name of said person either.

In a video taken by WDRB, Grissom was asked why he didn’t report Ramsey’s comments immediately and his response was, “Well, I didn’t. I’m not perfect.”

When pressed on his responsibility to share such information Grissom said he didn’t feel that hearsay would be admissible in court.

NCAA official Stan Wilcox stated that six major programs will be hit with title I violations by the end of the summer. Such an allegation adds to Louisville’s anxiety with a possible sanction looming in the distance.

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