The former interim president Greg Postel. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling

Former interim University of Louisville president Greg Postel is stepping away from the school for a fellowship, following weeks of speculation regarding his future at the school.

Postel, who has been serving as executive vice president for health affairs since May, asked to “pursue a fellowship” “several days ago,” President Neeli Bendapudi told health sciences staff in an email Tuesday afternoon.

A fellowship works like a sabbatical, a UofL spokesman said, so Postel will technically remain in his position. He will be gone for the rest of the academic year, according to Bendapudi’s email.

After not receiving the permanent president job earlier this year, Postel returned to the top spot at the HSC for a one-year contract. That contract ends at the same time as his fellowship, the spokesman said, but he has a separate contract as a radiology professor until 2021.

UofL began a national search for the EVPHA, and Postel listed his Louisville home for sale earlier this fall, igniting rumors he would leave the university.

Bendapudi noted UofL plans to hold national searches regularly for larger roles like Postel’s.

It is unclear if Postel will return to or apply for the EVPHA after the fellowship studying “care delivery models in academic medical centers” ends.

School of Medicine Dean Toni Ganzel will “lead the academic mission” of the Health Sciences Campus on the interim, while UofL Physicians Board Chair Dr. Kelly McMasters will cover aspects of Postel’s job involving clinical care.

“To ensure we deliver on all aspects of our mission as Dr. Postel focuses on his fellowship, I have asked other individuals to step up,” Bendapudi wrote. “I am deeply grateful to them for accepting these leadership roles.”

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Olivia Krauth
Krauth reports on education in Louisville, including JCPS, the University of Louisville and state policy. Before joining Insider Louisville, she covered technology and business as a reporter at TechRepublic. She also spent time on the data team at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas as a Dow Jones intern. Krauth graduated from UofL, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism with a minor in Russian studies. Email Olivia at [email protected]