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FAL 2016

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F A L L 2 0 1 6 U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 5 F R O M T H E P R E S I D E N T DEAR FRIENDS AND ALUMNI OF UOFL, This will be the fi rst time I've addressed many of you since being named acting president of the University of Louisville in July. I want to start by assuring you that my team and I are committed to the core values and mission of this great university. Student success, groundbreaking research and community engagement are at the heart of that mission and are of paramount importance to all of our faculty and staff. The academic year is off to a tremendous start. We've welcomed a freshman class that is noteworthy for its size, diversity and preparedness. Students returned to our beautiful campus to fi nd new residence halls and dining options and a renewed spirit of cooperation and teamwork. We're in the process of making this campus even better for our students, faculty and staff. Work is under way on a $40 million renovation of the Student Activities Center, and Crawford Gym has been razed in order to build a much- needed classroom building. We remain committed to our roadmap for the future — the 21st Century University Initiative: Powering the 2020 Plan. I recently appointed interim provost Dale Billingsley to direct the implementation of the plan, and I am thankful to have his experience and thoughtful leadership in that important role. Dr. Billingsley and I also are in the process of reorganizing both the president's and the provost's offi ces. This is a work in progress, but the goal of our efforts is to improve effi ciencies and effectiveness and to capitalize on existing strengths and assets. There is much work to do on many fronts. Through it all, our students remain my top priority. I'm enjoying walking our campus and interacting with them, as well as meeting with groups of faculty and staff. I expect these discussions will yield great ideas, and I have high hopes for a successful and rewarding academic year. Inside the Oval Neville Pinto Acting President There is much work to do on many fronts. Through it all, our students remain my top priority. I'm enjoy- ing walking our campus and interacting with them, as well as meeting with groups of faculty and staff.

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