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FALL 2017

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5 FALL 2017 Dear Readers, These continue to be eventful times at the University of Louisville. While much of the attention pertaining to the university focuses on the negative, that shouldn't overshadow the many positive strides that have been made here in the past few months. I want you to be aware of all of the challenges we currently face but also share our pride in the progress we are making. Unfortunately, we decided recently it was necessary for us to part ways with our longtime athletics director and our head men's basketball coach. These difficult personnel decisions were made shortly after the announcement of an FBI investigation into college basketball that includes serious and unsettling accusations against the Uof L men's program. We intend to fully cooperate with this investigation, which may take months to complete. In the meantime, I want to assure each of you that our athletics department is in good hands under the leadership of interim Athletics Director Vince Tyra. Likewise, we are expecting a strong season for the Cardinal men's basketball team under the direction of interim head coach David Padgett. This latest setback involving our athletics department has commanded significant media attention, both locally and nationally. I understand the interest, as we are part of a major story that likely will shake up the college basketball landscape across the country. However, this is not something that defines us as a university. As I have said repeatedly, our challenges have not and will not detract attention from our true mission to educate students and prepare them to be our next generation of leaders. We will persist in our efforts to move this university forward. Toward that end, I'm happy to report that the September visit of a team from our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS), went extremely well. A report that followed that visit found the university in compliance with seven of nine criteria previously queried by SACS, and that we are well positioned to address the other two. I plan to attend the SACS national meeting in early December in Dallas. The organization will rule on the university's probationary status at that time, and I'm optimistic it will be removed. Our work with SACS has required great effort from a number of university faculty and staff members and I'm very grateful for all of the time and energy they've put into this project. Finally, a word of thanks to all our alumni, donors and friends for persevering with us through all of the difficult moments of the past year. We at the university truly believe that our best days are ahead of us. But achieving our lofty goals for the University of Louisville will require all of us to come together as one. We are Uof L. Gregory C. Postel, MD Interim President from the president Fall 2017 | Vol. 36 | No. 3 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF John Drees MANAGING EDITOR Kim Butterweck DEPUT Y MANAGING EDITOR Erica Walsh CREATIVE DIRECTOR Brian Faust LEAD DESIGNER Ross Bradley CONTRIBUTORS Matt Cable, Janet Cappiello, Betty Coffman, Tom Fougerousse, Joshua Hawkins, Mark Hebert, Julie Heflin, Cindy Hess, Cheyenne Hill, Judy Hughes, Hayley Kappes, John Karman, Alicia Kelso, Niki King, Gary Mans, Matt Lambert, Sean Moth, Laura Nunnelly, Bryan Robinson, Jill Scoggins, Bria Staten-Favors, Lottie Stockwell, Brandy Warren, Lindsay Wehr UOFL MAGAZINE Published by University of Louisville Office of Communications & Marketing EDITORIAL OFFICES UofL Magazine 2323 S. Brook St., Suite 124 Louisville, KY 40292 502-852-6430 editor@louisville.edu ADDRESS CHANGES AND ALUMNI UPDATES 502-852-4577 Fax: 800-344-8635 aluminfo@louisville.edu ADVERTISING INFORMATION Barry Quinn 502-852-1349 or bquinn@ louisvillesportsproperties.com Standard mail postage paid at Lebanon Junction, KY. Copyright © 2017 University of Louisville. The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate against persons because of race, age, religion, sex, handicap, color or national origin. This publication was prepared by the University of Louisville and printed partially with state funds. KRS 57.375 Printed in the U.S.A. on recycled paper.

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