2015 was the year of the UofL Scandal. There were so many that I had to look them up because it’s nearly impossible to name them all off the top of my head.
There was Katina Powell in Billy Minardi Hall. There was President Ramsey dressed like a Mexican for Halloween. Don’t forget about the illegal job ad they put out for a professor that requested Whites and Asians to not apply. And then there came an FBI investigation into misusing federal funds. There are enough UofL employees being investigating for misusing funds, they could make their own basketball team.
Some faculty members have had enough, stating their grievances Inside Higher Ed. Simply put, they’ve had enough of President Ramsey.
“These aren’t problems that are occurring in one domain of the university, it’s across the university. At some point it all points to the president and to the leadership, who are responsible for insuring that these sorts of things don’t happen,” said David Owen, chair of the university’s philosophy department. “One has to wonder what’s really going on here. Why is this OK? It’s really distressing. It’s really hurting morale for faculty and staff.”
Susan Resneck Pierce, a former university president and a current university president consultant, agrees.
“The reality is that presidents are accountable for the health and integrity of their institution in all its aspects,” she said. “Just as the board is responsible for providing oversight for the president, presidents are responsible for providing oversight, particularly for the people who report to them directly, and for insisting on behavior that has integrity to it.”
If you didn’t understand the magnitude of Scandal U, this article encapsulates UofL’s awfulness quite well, while providing some balance. Some faculty agree with the board in supporting Ramsey, but they all agree that change in the university must happen soon.