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Dr. James Ramsey
University of Louisville's 17th President
The University of Louisville's 17th president, Dr. James R. Ramsey has led the university through a time of dramatic change. President since November 2002, Ramsey’s tenure has been marked by unprecedented improvements in the quality of incoming students, prestigious student awards, research, faculty accomplishment and philanthropy. UofL is graduating nearly 1,000 more students each year, its graduation rate has increased 60 percent and research spending has more than doubled since Ramsey became president. The Belknap campus has transformed from primarily a commuter campus to a dynamic, vibrant place where more than 5,000 students live in university or affiliated housing and enjoy new eating, entertaining and recreation options.
A frequent national speaker and writer on economic issues, Ramsey has received numerous awards including the Greater Louisville Inc. Silver Fleur-De-Lis in 2012 and 2011, Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award in 2012, Kosair Charities’ Sam Swope Community Leadership Award in 2011, Ad Federation of Louisville’s Louisvillian of the Year Award in 2010, the Volunteers of America (Kentucky) Volunteer Spirit Award in 2008, the Governor’s Association’s Outstanding Public Service Award in 2001 and Kentucky’s Distinguished Economist of the Year in 1999.
Before assuming U of L’s top post, Ramsey served as senior policy advisor and state budget director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and senior professor of economics and public policy at U of L. He has held administrative and faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Western Kentucky University, Loyola University, the University of Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State University.