UofL's search for new president delayed by settlement agreement

UofL's search for new president delayed by settlement agreement

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The legal battle that led to dueling boards and the ouster of the president at the University of Louisville continues to have lingering effects, delaying the school's search for a replacement president.

In settling a case that challenged the racial makeup of its board of trustees, the university agreed not to take any "structural or significant" actions until new appointments brought the board into compliance with diversity rules. Those appointments have not been made.

In a letter to staff and students, the board chairman, Larry Benz, said board members believe starting a search would be a violation of the settlement agreement.

He also said the school has been advised by search firms that several other universities are currently looking for new presidents and it could be in UofL's best interest to wait.

Benz said it was not clear when a search would start. Interim president Neville Pinto is not expected to seek the position permanently.

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