President Neeli Bendapudi praises the U of L community for their COVID-19 response Tuesday, Apr 7 2020 

By Eli Hughes–

University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi praised faculty, staff and students for adapting to the changes brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Everyone has been asked to make significant sacrifices and I could not be more proud of how the UofL community has responded with resiliency and compassion,” Bendapudi said.

In the email, she highlighted how students and faculty successfully transitioned to online classes and how staff have continued working from home or on campus.

Bendapudi also gave a shout-out to U of L researchers who have tackled problems related to the pandemic. Researchers across campus are currently working on treatments for COVID-19, swab-kits for testing, masks for healthcare professionals and more.

She also praised the healthcare workers that are working on the frontlines of this outbreak. She pointed out how they are continuing to treat patients and limit the spread of the outbreak while potentially putting themselves and their families in harm’s way.

Bendapudi went on to say that U of L has been able to respond to the challenges introduced by the virus quickly and that she is proud to say the university will be fine.

She also provided opportunities for people to give back to those most affected by the outbreak.

Those interested in helping students financially can donate to the Student Emergency Fund. Donations to help staff financially can go to the Staff Help Assistance Relief Effort.

“As we learn more about the virus and its effects on individuals and society as a whole, we will continue to adapt. We do not know what lies ahead,” Bendapudi said. “But I can promise you this: together, we will continue to carry out the mission of our university.”

Updates regarding the university’s response to this outbreak can be found on U of L’s official COVID-19 web page.

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U of L begins search for new provost Friday, Feb 14 2020 

By Eli Hughes —

President Neeli Bendapudi announced in an email to U of L faculty that the university is beginning the search for a new provost.

Provost and Executive Vice President Beth Boehm’s two-year term will end on June 30 and the new provost will start on July 1. Bendapudi has called for a nationwide search for potential provost candidates and encourages U of L faculty to apply for the position, as well as nominate their colleagues from U of L or any other universities.

The provost serves as the second-highest authority of the university and reports directly to the president.

President Bendapudi said, “She or he will work closely with the vice presidents and deans and will manage both the day-to-day and long-term academic operation of the university.”

The candidate will be chosen by a committee appointed by the president and led by School of Dentistry Dean Gerry Bradley and Kent School of Social Work Dean David Jenkins. Applications will be accepted until the search for a provost has concluded. If a new provost is not selected by the June 30 deadline Dr. Boehm will stay on as provost until a candidate is selected.

Those interested in applying or nominating someone for the position can get more information from U of L’s website.

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U of L and John Schnatter reach settlement over stadium naming rights Sunday, Nov 3 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville can finally put John Schnatter in the past. The University of Louisville Athletic Association announced Oct. 24 they have reached a five-year, $9.5 million settlement over the naming right’s deal for the football stadium.

The first payment of this deal to Schnatter will be $1.4 million and then $2 million each year over the next five years.

U of L athletic director Vince Tyra said the university is looking for a new naming rights partner but they are in no rush. “Our intention would be to try to get that buttoned up for next season and put a name back on the stadium,” said Tyra.

“Papa Johns” was removed from Cardinal stadium in July 2018 after Schnatter, Papa Johns founder, admitted to using racial slurs on a phone call. President Neeli Bendapudi was the leading force behind the removal of the name on the stadium.

After this incident Schnatter also resigned from his position as a board of trustee member at U of L.

Bendapudi said that Schnatter’s comments had fractured the community last year when the ordeal unfolded. “These comments were hurtful and unacceptable and they do not reflect the values of our university,” Bendpaudi said last year.

Schnatter’s naming rights deal with the university, which was negotiated back in 1996, was set to run through 2040.

Tyra said as U of L looks for a new sponsor for the stadium name they plan to sign a much shorter deal, more along the lines of a 10-year timeframe.

Whoever signs the new deal with U of L will be agreeing to a ‘morals’ clause, which was not included in Schnatter’s original deal. This would allow the university to void the deal if the partner comes into a public scandal.

Schnatter issued this statement in an email regarding the settlement:

“With Papa John’s being based in Louisville and me being the single largest shareholder in the company, I’m very glad to reach the agreement today with the University of Louisville. It was concluded with the best interests of the university and the students in mind. Something you can be sure of is that I will always support the community with passion and I will always work hard to inspire others to pursue their dreams just like I was able to pursue mine right here in Louisville, Kentucky.”

While the Papa Johns name is no longer affiliated with the stadium, their pizza is still sold at football games. The naming rights deal was a separate deal from the business itself.

File Photo // The Louisville Cardinal 

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