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Ky. Health Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson to resign from University of Louisville Foundation job

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson will resign from the University of Louisville Foundation by the end of the month and become a state employee effective March 1.

As WDRB News first reported earlier this month, Glisson began the high-level state job on Dec. 9 while remaining on the payroll of the U of L Foundation, where she had been CEO of the life sciences organization Nucleus since 2008.

Earlier this month, U of L officials were unable to say whether Glisson – who earned a lot more the foundation job than a cabinet secretary’s salary – was continuing to be paid by the foundation and at what level while working for the state.

Glisson had total compensation of more than $383,000 in 2013 from the foundation, according to the latest available figures. Cabinet secretaries in state government earn about $130,000 annually.

As of March 1, Glisson’s salary will be “completely supported by the Commonwealth,” according to a letter dated Tuesday from U of L Foundation Chairman Dr. Robert Hughes.

The letter, obtained by WDRB News, was shared with the U of L Foundation board members on Wednesday.

Hughes wrote to Glisson that, when she first accepted the job in the Bevin administration in December, the foundation “agreed to continue your compensation during your transition” to the state job.

The state then agreed to reimburse the foundation at the salary and benefits level of a cabinet secretary through June 30, Hughes wrote.

Meanwhile, the foundation and Glisson “began discussions” about Glisson remaining a foundation employee to “assist the foundation and the university in ways that would not conflict” with her job leading the Health and Family Services Cabinet, Hughes said.

But Glisson ultimately decided to cut ties effective Feb. 29 and move to the state’s employ, Hughes wrote.

In a statement issued by Gov. Matt Bevin's office Wednesday evening, Glisson said she "do(es) not want to do anything to distract from the important work of the administration."

"I believe this was simply the right thing to do, and am grateful to the U of L Foundation and for the support of those involved to allow time for a smooth transition from my role as CEO of Nucleus to Cabinet Secretary," she said.

In his own prepared statement, Hughes told WDRB that Glisson has helped the in the “transition” of leadership at Nucleus even after joining state government.  

“Vickie has performed a great service for the U of L Foundation in her role with Nucleus, and she has used the last couple of months to transition out of that role in preparation of running a vitally important cabinet,” Hughes said. “We believe the Commonwealth will be well-served by Vickie’s leadership … We appreciate very much the Governor’s office giving us a few weeks for Vickie and the Foundation to fully transition her role so that there are no gaps in services at Nucleus.”

The Bevin administration said in a statement: "Sec. Glisson gave many years of service and gained national recognition for her work at the Foundation. We greatly appreciate the Foundation's full support as we worked to ensure a smooth transition for all involved."

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