Louisville president James Ramsey to step down, board disbanded

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Louisville president James Ramsey will step down and the university’s board of trustees will be overhauled, Kentucky governor Matt Bevin announced Friday.

The school has dealt with multiple scandals in recent years, including an NCAA investigation into allegations that the men’s basketball team used an escort service for recruits. As a result, Louisville self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2015–16 season.

Another scandal involved a former executive who was charged with embezzling $2.8 million from the university. 

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Ramsey had been at Louisville since 2002 and “has been credited with helping dramatically increase the university's academic standards for incoming freshmen and its graduation rate,” according to The Courier-Journal.

In addition to Ramsey’s departure, the university’s 17-person board will be disbanded and replaced with a 13-person board, 10 members of which will be appointed by the governor. 

The Courier-Journal reports that Bonita K. Black, Ronald L. Wright, and former Louisville basketball player Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman have been named to lead the university’s interim board. Bridgeman and Wright, an obstetrician-gynecologist based in Jeffersonville, Ind. and Louisville alum attend the same church as Kentucky governor Matt Bevin, who named them to the board. Black is a corporate lawyer with a Harvard law degree.

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