New President at UofL


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University of Louisville names Kansas provost Neeli Bendapudi as its new president.

Zach Combest, Website Editor

A new sheriff is in town.

The University of Louisville has hired a new president to take over the University after a year of scandals and shake ups among the administration.

Neeli Bendapudi is the new president of the University of Louisville. The board of trustees unanimously approved her appointment as the university’s 18 president at a special meeting Tuesday, April 3. Bendapudi has lots of experience under her belt as she walks into her new role at UofL.

Bendapudi is the first female and person of color to take over the university. Senior Autumn Garrett and incoming freshman at UofL said “I think her being a female and a person of color shows how far Louisville had come.” Bendapudi will succeed James Ramsey, who was forced to resign in July 2016 after he came under attack because of his lucrative compensation, secretive operating style and a series of scandals. After Ramsey left the university had two interim presidents, Greg Postel and Neville Pinto. Postel was appointed as the interim president in January 2017 after another interim president, Pinto, left for the University of Cincinnati.

Bendapudi was born in India and came to the U.S. to attend the University of Kansas, where she graduated with her doctorate in 1994 according to the Courier Journal.

She is not new to important roles at universities as she was an assistant marketing professor at Texas A&M and a marketing professor at Ohio State University. In 2011, she returned to Kansas to become the dean of the business school. Two years ago, she was promoted to provost and executive vice chancellor at the business school.

Garrett believes she will do a great job as president. “I think she’ll do great, and that’s backed up by the fact that she was unanimously chosen by the board of trustees,” said Garrett.

Bendapudi will start in her new role at UofL in May.