As previously reported, Ramsey also was offered a salary increase by the university’s Board of Trustees at their July 10 meeting but indicated that he may not accept it.

Ramsey’s annual salary at June 30, 2014, was $624,000 and included $342,930 in university funds plus $281,070 from the privately funded UofL Foundation.

The foundation also awarded a bonus to the president in an amount equal to 25 percent of his 2013-14 total salary for achieving 26 of 28 annual goals set by the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.

“President Ramsey’s achievements have been extraordinary,” said UofL Foundation Board Chair Debbie Scoppechio. “In recognition of exceeding the $1 billion capital campaign and all of his other accomplishments this year, the foundation board wanted to reward his outstanding performance.”

Ramsey has given nearly $1 million back to the university in the form of outright donations and by giving up bonuses and pay raises.

Ramsey was appointed president in 2002. During his tenure, the university has boosted its graduation rate by more than 60 percent, admitted freshmen classes that are more academically gifted each year, recognized more Fulbright scholars than any other Kentucky institution, doubled the number of students living on campus, advanced its research mission and completed a $1 billion dollar capital campaign, despite multiple budget cuts.

In other business, the board approved the UofL Foundation 2014-15 operating budget.  Since 2012-13, the foundation has provided more funding for the university than the state.  In 2014-15, net state appropriated funds for UofL are expected to be $139.89 million while foundation funding will top $143.19 million.

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Cindy Hess
Communications Director Cindy Hess has oversight for day-to-day operations in media relations and covers prestigious scholars, the College of Education and Human Development and Brandeis School of Law. She reports to the Media Relations Director, has a heckuva good resume, and faithfully eats kale for lunch every day. Cindy has more than 25 years of experience in media relations, investor relations, marketing and corporate communications and is the unit’s only employee entrusted to buy tickets for lottery pools.