The University of Louisville should have all of its executive positions permanently filled by the fall, interim president Greg Postel said in a UofL staff senate meeting on Monday.
Postel’s term began with 19 top academic and administrative positions filled on an interim basis, including the provost spot and his own position, he told a packed room of staff senators. That number is now down to eight, not including the presidency and athletics roles.
Outside of higher administration, the university is looking for a new athletics director and men’s basketball coach. Postel said athletics searches move much faster than academic and administrative ones, saying the AD search does not conform to what universities are used to.
“Universities like to conduct searches that last months and months and I’m not sure why, but that’s just how universities are,” Postel said. “In the world of athletics and coaching, it’s not like that. You’re working with agents and you’re working with people in a very fast-paced environment. Some of these searches take place in weeks, if not days.”
He said UofL plans to name an AD by the end of March or early April — at least a month before a permanent president is slated to be named. Vince Tyra was hired as interim AD last October.
A search for a men’s basketball coach will begin in April. Interim coach David Padgett is leading the team to the NIT after failing to make the NCAA tournament.
The next academic interim spot to be filled should be the dean of the JB Speed School for Engineering. The search is down to two finalists, and a permanent dean should be named by the end of the month, Postel said. The last permanent Speed School dean was Neville Pinto, who left the role to become interim provost and then interim president. Pinto left UofL in 2016, when he was named president of the University of Cincinnati.
UofL is also looking for a nursing school dean, but that search is not as far along, Postel said.
Outside of athletics and the two dean roles, the remaining interim positions are provost and the top spots for health affairs, research and innovation, human resources, communications and marketing, and advancement, UofL spokesman John Karman said.