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University of Louisville board chair reverses course, says Ramsey did offer to resign in private meeting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  University of Louisville Board of Trustees Chair Pro-Tem Junior Bridgeman issued a statement Thursday saying President James Ramsey offered his resignation to the board during Wednesday’s closed-door meeting -- a reversal of Bridgeman's comments a day earlier.

On Wednesday, Bridgeman told reporters that Ramsey had not offered his resignation, as Ramsey had previously promised to do.

“During the Board of Trustees meeting on 7/13/16, in closed session, Dr. James Ramsey offered to the board his resignation.  Then Dr. Ramsey departed the meeting.  The Board of Trustees discussed its options.  There was no action resulting, as was stated yesterday,” Bridgeman said in the statement.

In an email, U of L spokesman John Karman said Bridgeman's errant comments were the result of a misunderstanding.

"Dr. Ramsey made what he considered a verbal offer to resign during the meeting by reading his June 17 letter to the governor," Karman said. "Mr. Bridgeman didn't realize yesterday when he talked to you that Dr. Ramsey considered reading the letter to be an offer to resign."

Bridgeman's statement Thursday also appears to counter what he told reporters Wednesday -- that Ramsey was present and participated in the board's discussion about his future with the university.

"He’s willing to do whatever the board asks him to do, so all those things were discussed with him, and so we’ll make a decision once we get more information, more knowledge on where we’re going as a board," Bridgeman said Wednesday.

Bridgeman did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday. 

On Wednesday, Bridgeman struggled to defend the legality of the board's closed-door session about Ramsey. U of L's top lawyer, Leslie Strohm, said through a spokesman that the board complied with the Kentucky Open Meetings Act, but she would not elaborate. 

WDRB News filed a formal complaint challenging the action on Thursday, to which Strohm did not immediately respond.

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