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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Mary Nixon elected as new board of trustees chairwoman Saturday, Jul 20 2019 

By Matthew Keck–

Mary Nixon was elected the new chairwoman of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees on July 18. This announcement came after the board met for their first meeting of the new fiscal year.

U of L spokesman John Karman said outgoing chairman David Grissom will remain on the board as a trustee until his term expires on Jan. 13, 2023.

Nixon has served on the board since February 2018. She was appointed to the board by Gov. Matt Bevin, with her term set to expire on Jan. 13 2024.

Nixon worked as a financial executive for Yum! Brands Inc. before her initial appoint to the board. She replaced board member Diane Medley after her decision to not seek reappointment. Nixon also spent time on the board of advisers at her alma mater, Western Kentucky University.

Grissom served as the chairman for board since January 2017. Similarly to Nixon, Grissom was appointed to this role by the governor.

Grissom headed the board during tumultuous times including the dismissal of former President James Ramsey. He was also the chair during the university’s men’s basketball scandal which led to then head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich’s firing.

One of Grissom’s bigger decisions as chairman came in 2018 when the board decided to hire current president Neeli Bendapudi. This would mark the first woman to ever hold the position of president at U of L.

Raymond Burse will serve as vice chair, Bonita Black as secretary, and Diane Medley as treasurer. Grissom was not elected to any other positions.

The U of L Board of Trustees nominates new officers at the start of each fiscal year.

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