Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin dropped two bombshells regarding the University of Louisville on Friday.
Bevin announced that Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey has offered to step down from his position. On top of that, Bevin said he has fired all of the university’s board of trustees and will replace them with members he selects.
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As part of the overhaul, Bevin will appoint a three-member temporary board that will be in charge of finding 13 new board of trustee members during the next two weeks. Former Louisville basketball player Junior Bridgeman is the only known member of the three-person board.
During the 2015-16 school year, Louisville spent most of its time dealing with its men’s basketball program and its never-ending escort scandal. But despite the trouble this scandal has caused the school, Bevin said that the school’s overhaul has to do with academics.
“There have been a number of news stories … in recent months, and frankly years, as it relates to the University of Louisville that have shed less than the best light on the university and the commonwealth as a whole,” Bevin said.
If Ramsey officially decides to resign, his resignation is expected to come sometime during the next two weeks. But there is a possibility that Ramsey’s resignation might not be accepted by the new Board of Trustees. He has been the president of Louisville since 2002.
Despite Rick Pitino’s constant complaining about the investigation into the escort scandal, it seems like that’s just one of many school-wide problems that will take months (or maybe years) to fix.