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FALL 2017

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11 FALL 2017 Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch speaks at UofL. McConnell Scholars stand with Justice Gorsuch. DRAFT REPORT SHOWS SACS PROGRESS Uof L has successfully addressed seven of the nine issues raised by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) leading to or during its current probation and is well posi- tioned to address the other two items. The Special Committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Col- leges Special Committee issued a draft report after visiting campus Sept. 19-21 to review the university's compliance with SACS' Principles of Accreditation. The committee noted Uof L is in compliance with Core Requirement 2.2, which relates to its governing board, and with comprehensive stan- dards related to CEO evaluation/ selection, conflict of interest, external influence, board dismissal, financial stability and control of finances. The committee provided spe- cific recommendations to ensure the university complies with two other issues in the Principles of Accred- itation. It suggested the university sign a memorandum of understand- ing to clarify its relationship with the University of Louisville Real Estate Foundation, Inc., and it raised ques- tions about the number of interim senior appointments in the universi- ty's central administration. The university created the memo- randum of understanding, and Uof L's administration currently is con- ducting searches to fill several of the leadership positions. Also in the document, the SACS committee applauded the "extraordi- nary cooperation that the institution showed" during the visit, and stated the university "currently operates with integrity." The organization will rule on the university's probationary status at its national meeting Dec. 2-5. kicking?" he joked, referring to Uof L's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. While on campus, Gorsuch also met with 30 soldiers taking part in the McConnell Center's 30-day Strategic Broadening Seminar, a leadership and training program for the U.S. Army. Gorsuch is the third U.S. Supreme Court Justice to take part in the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speaker Series joining Clarence Thomas and John Roberts. T he University of Louisville is seeking its next permanent leader. The Board of Trustees officially launched the presidential search on Sept. 15. R. William Funk & Associates, an executive search firm based in Dallas, Texas, will guide the nationwide hunt. "The Board feels it is imperative that we conduct a true national search for an outstanding president to lead us during this crucial time in our history," BoT Chairman J. David Grissom told the campus community this fall. "The Board will seek a candidate with strong academic experience who can inspire the cam- pus community and help us attain even higher levels of academic excellence." Although the search process is closed, the Board formed a subcommittee to involve the campus community. The subcommittee plans to complete listening tours of campus to gather feedback from faculty, staff and students. The selected candidate will become the 18th permanent president since the Louisville College and Louisville Medical Institute merged to become the Uni- versity of Louisville in 1846. Presidential search is on ONLINE: The report is available at louisville.edu/accreditation.

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