Acting UofL President Neville Pinto named next president of University of Cincinnati

12/17/2016 03:20 PM

The University of Cincinnati has selected acting University of Louisville President Neville Pinto as the school’s next president beginning in February, UC announced Saturday.

The university’s board voted to make Pinto the school’s 30th president during a special meeting.

Pinto spent 26 years at UC before joining Louisville in 2011, serving as a faculty member and department head in chemical engineering, assistant dean for graduate studies at the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and vice provost and dean of The Graduate School, according to a news release from UC.

“Neville Pinto returns to UC with a remarkable record in research, innovation, the development of industry partnerships, academic excellence and diversity,” Robert Richardson Jr., chairman of the UC board of trustees, said in a statement.

“He has established a stellar record as a collaborator who can work with community and corporate partners. He will be a great asset as UC launches our new 1819 Innovation Hub. We are also thrilled to bring him home to the university and the city that he and his family have loved for so long.”

Pinto’s exit from UofL comes on the heels of a state audit of the UofL Foundation, which found a number of governance issues at the organization that manages the school’s endowment. UofL has also been placed on accreditation probation for up to two years following Gov. Matt Bevin’s reorganization of the school’s board of trustees.

Pinto, according to a report by WDRB-TV, called his appointment as UC president “a unique opportunity to return to the university at which I have spent much of my career.”

“My family and I have grown to love this community,” Pinto said in a statement, referencing UofL. “As dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, I worked with tremendous faculty and staff, and together we laid the groundwork for an exciting future. As acting provost and then acting president, I have gained a great appreciation for my faculty and staff colleagues throughout the university.

“I am constantly impressed with the quality of our outstanding students. Together, we faced a number of challenges in recent months, but I am confident that the worst is behind us and a bright future lies ahead for the University of Louisville.”


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