Dr. James Ramsey has a passion for public service and a vision for education and economic growth in Kentucky.
Ramsey is president of the University of Louisville. Under his leadership since 2002, the University of Louisville has enjoyed substantial growth system-wide. Notable accomplishments include an increase of over $200 million in endowments, doubling of research funding, a two-point increase in the school’s ACT scores, improvement in student retention, and rapidly increasing enrollment from students outside the Louisville area.
Ramsey served twice as Kentucky’s budget director and worked as the state’s chief economist. He was director of Kentucky’s Office of Financial Management, and interim commissioner of Kentucky’s Office of the New Economy.
Ramsey is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and has additionally earned a Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kentucky. Ramsey is also a professor of Economics and has served at five universities: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Loyola University, the University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, and Middle Tennessee State University.