Neville Pinto

U of L Interim President Seeks To Shift Focus To Students

Acting University of Louisville President Neville Pinto met with the media Thursday for the first time since taking on the new role, saying he’s committed to making decisions that are “good for the University of Louisville.”

Pinto, U of L’s interim executive vice president and provost, was named acting president last week after James Ramsey’s resignation. Pinto is taking over amid confusion over who his legal boss is, since the U of L Board of Trustees was dissolved by Gov. Matt Bevin in June, recreated with different members and then put on hold again last week by a judge’s ruling. In a 30-minute Q&A, Pinto addressed confusion over board governance, his commitment to transparency and his belief that Ramsey’s continued role as president of the U of L Foundation, which manages U of L’s endowment, is not in his purview. But the priority, he said, needs to be on students. “Our commitment has not changed,” Pinto said.