Engineering dean to serve as interim provost at UofL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The University of Louisville has appointed an interim executive vice president and provost.

Neville Pinto will fill in as a successor to Shirley Willihnganz, who is stepping down from the positions June 30. Pinto is currently dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at UofL.

The provost is UofL's chief academic officer.

UofL President James Ramsey said Monday that Pinto is highly respected by UofL faculty and is the "perfect fit" to sustain momentum at the university.

Pinto has been dean of the engineering school and professor of chemical engineering since September 2011. He has helped spearhead development of the 39-acre Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park, which is being built behind the engineering school.

Pinto will continue to head that project while serving as interim provost.

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