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University of Louisville law faculty survey shows 68 percent 'no confidence' in Ramsey

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University of Louisville President James Ramsey, March 1, 2016 University of Louisville President James Ramsey, March 1, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nearly 70 percent of the faculty of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville support a no-confidence vote in U of L President James Ramsey, according to the results of a survey released Monday.

Of the 25 law school faculty members who responded to the survey, 17 supported a no-confidence vote in Ramsey, while 6 opposed and two said the faculty's representative on the Board of Trustees should abstain from such a no-confidence vote, according to a faculty email from Kurt X. Metzmeier, a law professor. WDRB obtained a copy of the email.

The law school has 33 faculty members, according to its website. That indicates a survey response rate of 75 percent.

Last week, results of a similar faculty survey of the larger College of Arts and Sciences showed about 75 percent of full-time faculty supported a no-confidence vote in Ramsey, according to The Louisville Cardinal, the student newspaper. The A&S survey had a 40 percent response rate, according to the Cardinal.

The votes come in anticipation of an April 20 meeting of the school's Board of Trustees, in which several members of the board will likely attempt for the second time to make a non-binding statement of "no-confidence" in Ramsey's leadership. The no-confidence vote was blocked on procedural grounds at the board's March 1 meeting.

The college-level surveys are meant to inform the vote of Pamela Feldhoff, a biology professor who represents the faculty on the 20-member Board of Trustees. There are also staff and student representatives on the board, with the remaining 17 members appointed by the governor.

The Faculty Senate is expected to address the topic at its next meeting April 6.  

Note: The author of this story serves on the board of The Louisville Cardinal. Copyright 2016 WDRB News. All rights reserved.

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