LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The contrast is startling.
As Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure speaks at the Vatican, and deceased Bellarmine University President Jay McGowan earns high praise for his unparalleled leadership legacy, embattled University of Louisville President James Ramsey fights through criticism from Board of Trustees members, faculty members and disgruntled Cardinals basketball fans.
Among the many concerns are administrators who departed under questionable circumstances and received ample payments, academic deficiencies even with some impressive improvements, and the banning of the basketball team from post season play in light of investigations of NCAA rules violations.
A no confidence vote from the Board of Trustees potentially awaits.
The body of work of the President is exemplary in many ways, as the university has transformed itself under his leadership and business acumen.
He certainly should step down as chairman of the Foundation's Nominating Committee, but stepping down as President may be a bit premature.
Addressing constituent concerns head on in a straightforward, forceful manner would be welcome.
There are a number of valid issues causing consternation. Acknowledging them and focusing attention on how to fix them is definitely needed.