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Ramsey, ousted UofL board members speak out

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This morning, Governor Matt Bevin announced UofL President James Ramsey’s resignation and the dissolution of the UofL Board of Trustees. Bevin removed all existing members from the board, and this afternoon, two of those board members spoke out. Craig Greenberg and Emily Bingham addressed reporters to discuss Bevin’s decision, which they weren’t aware of until the announcement this morning.

“While I was completely surprised by today’s announcement, I hope that today’s actions by the Governor indeed bring a fresh start to the University of Louisville,” Greenberg said in a statement (via Joe Sonka). “UofL needs new leadership and I am pleased that today’s announcement will result in a new University President.”

Bingham called the UofL administration one that “routinely compromised proper governance oversight and repeatedly failed to communicate effectively with stakeholders at critical moments,” and said “there is no other public university that operates with such conflict-ridden governance between its board and its foundation,” referring to the UofL Foundation, of which Ramsey is still president.

Greenberg echoed Bingham’s sentiments about the UofL Foundation, calling for Bevin to remove Ramsey from power.

“Tomorrow, he should also demand reform of the Board of Directors of the UofL 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 will be for naught. The level of financial arrogance and deception at the UofL Foundation is alarming.”

Meanwhile, James Ramsey just released this statement via Twitter:

After conversations with @GovMattBevin, I reaffirm: UofL is absolutely critical to the health and economic and social well-being of our community and state. 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. The members of a restructured Board of Trustees compliant with state law should have the opportunity for a “fresh start.” Upon a legal restructure of the BOT at UofL, I will immediately offer, to the newly appointed board, my resignation/retirement as President. I am grateful for @GovBevin’s support and commitment to addressing difficult issues that are crucial to moving Kentucky forward.

If you missed Bevin’s announcement, you can watch it below:

Meanwhile, Matt finally weighed in on the day’s events on Twitter:

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23 Comments for Ramsey, ousted UofL board members speak out



  1. FBI Informant
    3:40 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

    Good news for UL. Bad news for UK.



    • Angelo
      3:46 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

      Please explain.



    • david8577
      4:15 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

      This is good news for all people in the Commonwealth. Finally, our tax dollars can be spent a little more wisely. UofL has essentially been the mafia for the last 15 years.



    • FBI Informant
      4:16 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

      Well, we know that the BOT at UL had many UK fans on it, including the person that was leaking info to Matt. Now Junior Bridgeman is in charge of the hiring of the new BOT. Junior will certainly be putting together an Athletics Friendly Board and I can’t imagine that being a big UK fan will be finding themselves as part of the group. You think Jurich has had power before? Just wait till he lobbies his people onto the BOT. Facilities and money for coaching is getting ready to go through the roof.



    • secrick
      4:27 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

      You know Matt Jones owns you, because he’s always on your mind. Let it go.



    • Blueblueblueblue
      6:00 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

      I agree with FBI Informant. All we care about at UL is to be better than UK, even at the expense of academics.



    • 4everblue
      7:46 am June 18, 2016 Permalink

      Is Bevin running a police state? Seems he’s overstepping his boundaries!



  2. Angelo
    3:43 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

    Pitino could be the next President.



  3. secrick
    3:54 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

    Tom will probably get the job and a healthy raise, Rick will then be moved to AD and Katina Powell will be the next HEAD coach.



  4. rickwhitetx
    4:23 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

    FBI Informant … There he is!!

    Where ya been? We’ve been waiting for you and your buds all day.

    Good news for UL, bad news for UK … priceless. Come on … give us some more entertainment.



  5. Sentient Third Eye
    4:23 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve never seen two people so relieved to be canned. The gist of the board’s feelings is, “It’s okay that we got removed so long as Ramsey goes too!”



    • nybrasky
      5:08 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

      True. But they’re also basically saying that this does nothing if the UofL Foundation remains the same with Ramsey at the helm.

      So, it could all just be a political dog and pony show (shocking).



  6. Sin The
    5:51 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

    I just heard that Beshears boy is going to fight him on this. Matt, looks like it took a Republican to clean up the corruption.



    • Blueblueblueblue
      6:14 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

      hahahahahahahaha. You’re an idiot.



    • 4everblue
      7:53 am June 18, 2016 Permalink

      A shameless ploy to put his people in place. Great job Bevin….cut funds to education then take over….clearly we are a stepping stone for him to run for congress.



  7. KatsKlaws
    6:32 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

    I think Pitino and possibly Jurich should be sweating a little bit today….if they hire a real president their asses will probably be shown the door….



    • scorpiocard
      11:07 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

      WTF???

      Jurich just recently won the AD of the year award. No way any president in his right mind would fire him. I don’t see Pitino going either, although with the whoregate thing that is somewhat more of a possibility. A new president would have to be a complete idiot to fire Jurich.



    • Larry Pratt
      11:32 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

      I’m always one to entertain other’s thoughts. But scorpio and fake blue should go to fan an sites of their own school. Oh. Wait. There are none. You guys suck. Kiss all of our asses and go die.



    • Larry Pratt
      11:34 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

      Also, who still references the zodiac?



    • Blueblueblueblue
      9:14 pm June 18, 2016 Permalink

      Pu$$ies. Thats who.



  8. Larry Pratt
    6:59 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

    Emily is a lovely lady.



  9. Linda Schnitz
    9:50 pm June 17, 2016 Permalink

    I thought Matt Jones turned off his phone, twitter, facebook and periscope when he is on vacation