University of Louisville President James Ramsey Resigns, Kentucky Governor Disbands TrusteesBy Don Don Navidad
The president of the University of Louisville - James Ramsey, quits the institution, and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin will designate a new board of trustees at the university - which has been troubled by controversies in recent years.
On Friday, governor Bevin made it known to the public that he will disband the 17-member board of the university and install the 10-member board that he appointed. Ramsey, who has been the president of the university for 14 years, submitted a letter of resignation stating he will offer his position to the newly appointed board.
Bevin lauded Ramsey's service at the University of Louisville by saying that it is so remarkably better on any measurable front compared the time Ramsey arrived in 2002. But, Bevin said there have been too many scandals in recent years. And Bevin claimed that Ramsey is currently traveling out of the country.
The governor of Kentucky met with the university president and both agreed the public institution needs a fresh start, ESPN reported.
During a news conference fronting the governor's office, Bevin stated that it should have been done a long time ago.
But, legal experts said it is unclear whether the Kentucky governor has the authority to eliminate an entire university board. State law gives Kentucky governor the freedom to decide to use executive orders to reorganize state agencies. But, no court has ever ruled whether universities are covered by a written law submitted by that legislative body, Courier-Journal reported.
However, last October, Ramsey was under fire for wearing a stereotypical Mexican costume at a Halloween party, as the nation's institutions were involved deeply in a debate about cultural sensitivity, ethnicity and race.
Ramsey stated at the time, that they did not intend to cause harm or to be insensitive, and Ramsey hoped that his acts doesn't take away the hard work they have done and continue to do in building, Washington Post reported.