- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A leading supporter of former University of Louisville President James Ramsey is resigning his seat on the school’s foundation board.

In his one-page resignation letter, Dr. Bob Hughes said it became “increasingly difficult” for him to watch the work of Ramsey and his top aides “attacked and halted to the detriment of the university,” The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/2dqfB6y) reported.

He unsuccessfully fought to retain Ramsey as president of the university and foundation. Ramsey was forced to resign from both positions.

Hughes, a physician who practices in Murray, remains on the school’s board of trustees.

His resignation letter was addressed to Brucie Moore, who succeeded him as foundation chairman after the board of trustees demanded changes in its leadership. Hughes sent a copy of his letter to The Courier-Journal on Tuesday.

Hughes said in the letter that he wishes “nothing but the best” for the university and foundation. But he added he had seen “many loyal donors and supporters being attacked publicly and privately” for supporting Ramsey’s “remarkable team that brought so many successes” to the university.

Moore praised Hughes for his “faithful service” to the university and its foundation.

“I regret that Dr. Hughes doesn’t agree with the direction the foundation is now taking,” Moore said in a statement.

Under the threat of being sued by the board of trustees, the foundation took several steps, including removing two officers and agreeing to hire an outside firm to conduct a forensic audit.

“As foundation chairwoman, I am committed to building confidence among key stakeholders such as faculty, staff, students, donors, and alumni in an organization that is vital to the future success of the University of Louisville,” Moore said. “We are making great progress in the areas of transparency and the restoration of a harmonious relationship with the Board of Trustees, and we will continue on that path.”


Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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