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Former University of Louisville Foundation chairman resigns from board, laments "attacks" on Ramsey

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Former U of L Foundation Chairman Robert Hughes Former U of L Foundation Chairman Robert Hughes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  One of former University of Louisville President James Ramsey’s most ardent supporters has resigned from the board of directors of the school’s embattled foundation.

Dr. Robert Hughes, who had been chairman of the foundation until he was pressured to step aside in September, resigned from the nonprofit’s board on Oct. 13. He remains a member of the school’s board of trustees.

In a resignation letter, Hughes lamented a lack of appreciation for the “remarkable progress” the university made under Ramsey – who was also the chief executive of the foundation – and his top aides, former Provost Shirley Willihnganz and former Ramsey Chief of Staff Kathleen Smith.

“Over the past year, it has been become increasingly difficult for me personally to watch this work being attacked and halted to the detriment of the University and the individuals who worked so hard to make it happen,” Hughes said in the letter. “I have seen many loyal donors and supporters being attacked publicly and privately from what appears to be their support of this remarkable team.”

Under current Chairwoman Brucie Moore, the foundation board has agreed to participate in a “forensic audit” of its books demanded by the university’s board of trustees, hired outside lawyers to clear a backlog of open records requests and placed Smith on administrative leave.

The special audit was demanded by two major donors who expressed concerns about the foundation’s handling of funds.

“I regret that Dr. Hughes doesn’t agree with the direction the Foundation is now taking,” Moore said in a statement. “I’ve always considered Dr. Hughes a friend, and I believe he has rendered faithful service to the University and its Foundation. Bob has given generously of his time and treasure for the good of U of L, and for that he is to be commended.”

Hughes' letter is below:

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