LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Former UofL President James Ramsey’s Chief of Staff, Kathleen Smith, has now retired.
Though she no longer works at the university, she remains on the UofL Foundation Board.
There have been calls for Smith to be removed from the Foundation.
The following is a letter from Neville Pinto, the interim president at UofL:
"Letter to the Campus Community
I wanted to let our campus community know that University of Louisville Chief of Staff Kathleen
McDaniel Smith has retired. Her retirement was effective yesterday.
As many of you know, Kathleen has been at the university for 45 years. Her career at UofL included
working with four presidents (including me) as a top presidential aide. She worked on and, in many
cases, directed important and diverse initiatives such as campus beautification, fundraising, strategic
planning and development of research parks.
Kathleen came to the President’s Office in 1981 as an assistant to former President Donald Swain and,
later, President John Shumaker. As Chief of Staff, her responsibilities included serving as Executive
Director of Boards and Commissions and as an officer of several of the UofL Foundation’s corporations.
In these capacities, she secured more than $73.5 million in federal and state agency funding for campus
transformation initiatives and research parks. Further, she raised more than $51 million in private
donations for UofL academic programs, including a single donation of $10 million for the College of
Business. In 2012, Smith received the College of Business Alumni Fellow Award. Her resume includes
service to the Alumni Association Board; being an elected officer of the university's boards; member of
the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation Board; and a past gubernatorial appointed member of the
Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Heritage Council. She was awarded the 2015 Women’s
Please join me in wishing Kathleen a happy and healthy retirement.