UofL Provost Stepping Down In Just A Few Months

Woah, check out this email that University of Louisville Provost Shirley Willihnganz just sent out to UofL staff:

Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 9:53 AM
To: Cmoffice,Service Account
Subject: Message from the Provost
Importance: High

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to let you know that I’ll be stepping down as provost at the end of this academic year.

Being part of the transformation of this university from a very good urban school to a nationally recognized metropolitan research university has been a joy and an honor. Watching how you have worked and dreamed and tirelessly pushed to make this happen has left me awed and humbled. Seeing Dr. Ramsey’s leadership shining, unbending, visionary and strong continues to be inspiring and I have learned so much from him. And working with our students has to be the most hopeful experience anyone could have. My senior staff and support staff are simply the best, and so much that is good is because of them. So many on our boards and in our community support this university, and much of what we as a university have become thrives from their attention and support.

So, I know there will be questions about why, and what and who next, but the simplest response is that after 13 years it’s time for me and for the university for change and just as each of us sits on the shoulders of those who have gone before, I know that this university is on such a trajectory that somebody great will want to be the next provost.

A heartfelt “thank you” to all of you. My plan is to finish out the academic year, take a year’s administrative leave and then figure out what next. I am lucky to have a tenured faculty position here and hope I have colleagues who will want me back. This is a wonderful university and I have loved it for the nearly 30 years that I’ve been here. I will continue to do that.

Gratefully,

Shirley

Boom goes the dynamite?

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