Two members of UofL board of trustees react to Gov. Bevin's decision to dissolve board, replace Ramsey
Emily Bingham and Craig Greenberg -- two current members of the University of Louisville board of trustees -- reacted to Gov. Matt Bevin's announcement that he has accepted Dr. James Ramsey's resignation and dissolved the board of trustees.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Emily Bingham and Craig Greenberg -- two current members of the University of Louisville board of trustees -- reacted to Gov. Matt Bevin's announcement that he has accepted Dr. James Ramsey's resignation and dissolved the board of trustees.
"There is no other public university that operates with such conflict-ridden governance between its board and its foundation," Bingham said.
Bingham said a national search needs to begin immediately for a new president, using "best recognized practices for public higher education institutions, including shared governance with faculty, staff and students....
"I have been honored to serve them to promote transparency, strategic thinking and accountability when we go wrong and the assurance we will always do better. This responsibility now falls squarely on the shoulders of Gov. Bevin."
During his remarks, Greenberg said he was surprised by Bevin's announcement, but pleased that it will result in a new university president.
At one point, he made direct reference to Bevin's suggestion that the board of trustees is dysfunctional.
"A board fighting for affordable tuition, improved graduation rates, accountability and transparency does not represent dysfunction, but good governance," Greenberg said.
"If Gov. Bevin shares these goals, tomorrow he should also demand reform of the board of directors of the University of Louisville foundation and ensure that it too also has a new president. Without a new team and a new level of transparency at the foundation, the governor's actions today are for naught."
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