LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In a letter dated Thursday, June 16, 2016, Dr. James Ramsey offered to resign from the presidency of the University of Louisville.

The text of that letter is reproduced below:

June 16, 2016

Personal and Confidential

The Honorable Matt Bevin
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 100
Frankfort, KY 40601

Dear Governor Bevin:

I appreciated our recent conversation. As a result, I am writing to reaffirm what we discussed:

1. The University of Louisville is absolutely critical to the health and economic and social wellbeing of our community and state;

2. For Kentucky to grow and prosper as a state, it is important for Louisville to be successful as a community; for Louisville to prosper, it needs a great research university.

3. As I said to you, the members of a restructured Board compliant with state law should have the opportunity for a "fresh start."

As a result, upon a legal restructure of the Board of Trustees at the University of Louisville, I will immediately offer, to the newly appointed board, my resignation /retirement as President of the University of Louisville.

Again, I thank you for your support and commitment to addressing difficult issues that are important to moving our state forward.


James R. Ramsey

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