Charting a Course of Excellence for UofL
Teresa Ann Pearson, Managing Editor
PADUCAH - The University of Louisville (UofL) has a lot to offer under the leadership of its 17th president, Dr. James R. Ramsey.
Ramsey, who has been the UofL President for 11 years, has worked hard to move the university toward its goal of becoming a “premier, nationally recognized, metropolitan research institution.”
Since he became president in 2002, UofL has made great strides in five strategic areas: Educational quality, Extramural research, Campus diversity, Community partnerships and Accountability.
Since 2002, the quality of UofL’s freshman class has improved each year, with the average ACT score of incoming freshmen climbing to 25.2 in 2012 from 23.2 in 2002. The university’s graduation rate has increased nearly 60 percent and the number of doctoral degrees awarded has more than doubled since 2002.
Ramsey has also encouraged diversity on campus as UofL has reached or made substantial progress on all eight of its goals set in the Kentucky Plan for Equal Opportunities and the Belknap Campus has changed from a “commuter school” to a residential campus. More than 5,000 UofL students live on campus or in university-affiliated housing compared with 2,300 when Ramsey became president. Ramsey said he wanted the students to see the campus as a “place to call home.”
Since becoming president, his administration's main goals have been to continue the school's large gains in research expenditures and endowment, and to improve infrastructure and aesthetics of the Belknap Campus. Ramsey started a $1 million "Campus Beautification Project", which planted hundreds of trees on the roads around the campus and painted five overpasses with a UofL theme. In addition, he has worked with city and state officials to redesign the I-65 to provide better access to campus, improve Stansbury Park, and redevelop vacant industrial buildings near campus into upscale housing or athletic facilities.
Ramsey said he wanted people to know that the campus is not a lot of concrete, it is a beautiful campus.
The University of Louisville men's and women's basketball teams are the primary tenants of the The Yum Center, which is a premium 22,090-seat basketball and multipurpose arena with first class amenities including being an “all chair back” arena and large LED video displays within the seating bowl, professional grade LCD screens and a powerful control system. The University of Louisville Cardinals won the NCAA men's basketball championship in 2013 and the University of Louisville women’s basketball team announced the signings of five recruiting commitments on Thursday in a big, talented class that’s ranked in the top 10 nationally.