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The University of Louisville School of Business is losing two professors to other universities: Its interim dean, Dr. Rohan Christie-David, is leaving to become dean of the University of Colorado-Denver business school, and Dr. Sharon Kerrick is moving close by to take the position of associate dean at Bellarmine University‘s business school.

Christie-David has been interim dean since the abrupt resignation of Dr. Carolyn Callahan from that position in 2014. Following a national search for a permanent replacement, four professors from other business schools were selected as final candidates in February, but Christie-David was not among them.

UofL spokeswoman Cindy Hess says that an interim dean will be in place by the end of July, when Christie-David will start his tenure at Colorado-Davis. As for the candidate search for a permanent dean at the College of Business, Interim Provost Neville Pinto tells IL that their selection turned down the job at UofL for one at another university.

“Our search identified one candidate, who ultimately accepted a position at another university,” said Pinto in a statement. “The search is continuing.”

Hess could not confirm who is currently in the running for the permanent dean position, and if the search includes the three other final candidates previously named. She indicated that Dr. Timothy Judge — an associate dean at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business — was the candidate who turned down the position at UofL for another university.

The UofL College of Business slipped four spots to 75th in the most recent ranking of graduate business schools in U.S. World & News Report, while those of Colorado-Denver and Bellarmine are not ranked.

Dr. Kerrick has been with UofL’s business school since 2002, serving as associate director of the Forcht Entrepreneurship Center and teaching entrepreneurship to both undergraduates and graduate students.

“Sharon is recognized as a business leader throughout our community, and her unique business education skills will enable Bellarmine’s School of Business to raise its visibility on national and global levels,” said Dr. Robert Brown, dean of the business school, in a press release.

In a campus-wide email last week, UofL President James Ramsey also announced that he will ask the new Board of Trustees to confirm interim provost Neville Pinto as the permanent holder of that position.

Pinto, a chemical engineering professor, was appointed on an interim basis following the resignation of former provost Shirley Willihnganz last year. Despite the criticism of some faculty who wanted a national search for the replacement, the university conducted an internal search that only yielded two applicants, with a selection committee deciding this spring that only Pinto met the “attributes, experiences, and skill sets” they sought.

In Ramsey’s email last week, he referenced that the Board of Trustees could not confirm Pinto as provost in recent months due to a legal settlement preventing it from making personnel decisions, but “given the recent actions of Governor Bevin, I am prepared to ask the new board at their first meeting to approve Dr. Pinto as our provost.”

Bevin recently signed executive orders to abolish the UofL Board of Trustees and create a new one, the members of which he appointed last week. Attorney General Andy Beshear is challenging those orders in Franklin Circuit Court, arguing that Bevin did not have the legal authority to do so.

The university has not announced when this new Board of Trustees will have its first meeting, and Ramsey did not know last week who would chair this board and call them to meet. Ramsey also said he would offer his resignation to the board at their first meeting, but suggested that he could remain in his position for a transition period — not to exceed past next May — if the trustees asked him to.

This story has been updated.

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Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]


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