By Janet Dake — 

After fallout from an FBI investigation into paying recruits to join its basketball program, U of L Interim President Greg Postel delivered a “state of the university” testimony to lawmakers in Frankfort Sept. 28.

Much of what Postel focused on were positives the university can boast of.

These include the “2020 plan,” a step-by-step plan to make the university a “preeminent metropolitan research university” by 2020, the plan charts. He also cites growing student diversity, increased enrollment in the Speed School of Engineering and strides in the U of L research community.

Postel briefly touched on scandals affecting the university. Despite probation with the Southern Association of Colleges, Postel said U of L has had a stagnant tuition enrollment rate.

Postel stayed for a question and answer session with senators and representatives.

Senator Stephen West asked Postel to clarify the nine requests the SACS asked U of L to address, specifically the two which have not been resolved, and what steps the university was taking to fix them.

According to Postel, these requests include a document of understanding between the university and the U of L foundation and an update on the hiring process, forwarding more background information on interim staff.

Postel says these issues are being addressed.

Representative James Tipton applauded Postel before posing his questions, thanking him for his professionalism in a difficult role which he expects is becoming more challenging than Postel could have anticipated.