September 6, 2011

Getting to know President James Ramsey

By Anna Meany–

Q: Tell us something about yourself that would surprise U of L students
A: I’m very much an introvert, so doing the things I have to do as president is
hard for me.

Q: If you could eat lunch with any famous person, who would you choose
and where would you eat?
A: I would say Greg Mortenson…He’s an author and we…were about to award to him the Grawemeyer award in education. Some allegations were made…that maybe all the things he had written in his books were not true…He created something called the Central Asian Institute and began to raise money and build schools in Afghanistan. So, here’s a guy who I think…has made some incredible contributions to the world and to education…I would eat at Texas Roadhouse, except they’re not open for lunch…I don’t eat lunch much.

Q: What’s your most vivid memory associated with U of L?
A: My favorite time on campus is graduation. A memory that I was…overwhelmed with…when we won the Orange Bowl. I went onto the field…and looked back at the stadium…Really, half or more were UofL fans and they
were so joyous and the band was so happy…It was just an exhilarating moment.

Q: What’s your favorite spot on campus?
A: Right now, my favorite spot is…the area behind Grawemeyer, over the Fine
Arts building with out new Truth and Justice statues. That’s one. Two – the
quadrangle with the library and so forth.

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