Copy-Neville Pinto to become University of Cincinnati President

Updated: Dec. 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dr. Neville Pinto, the acting president of the University of Louisville, is headed to Cincinnati.

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Sources told WAVE 3 News on Friday that the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees will approve Pinto in a meeting Saturday morning.

Pinto held several previous positions at the University of Cincinnati, including Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School from 2006-2011, Interim Associate University Dean of the Graduate School from 2005-2006, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at the College of Engineering from 2002-2006, Chemical Engineering Department Head from 1993-1997 and Professor of Chemical Engineering from 1985-2011.

All told, Pinto served 26 years at Cincinnati before coming to Louisville in 2011.

The news caps off a busy week for Pinto. On Thursday, he presided over UofL's fall graduation ceremonies.

And just the day before, a damning report was released by State Auditor Mike Harmon, who blasted UofL and its Foundation for what Harmon called a lack of transparency and oversight under Pinto's predecessor, Dr. James Ramsey, who was president of both UofL and the Foundation. Ramsey resigned over the summer, leaving Pinto a large mess to clean up.

+ Pinto addresses concerns over funding, accreditation
+ Pinto won't seek permanent UofL post

Following Ramsey's resignation amid a cloud of controversy that even got Gov. Matt Bevin deeply involved, the school's Board of Trustees moved not to appoint Pinto the president of the UofL Foundation as long as he was interim president of the university.

Pinto will replace Santa Ono, the popular UC president who took a 30-percent paycut from his more than $500,000 annual salary for the top post at the University of British Columbia in his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. Ono was credited with putting UC on the map on social media, making #HottestCollegeInAmerica a ubiquitous hash tag on Twitter and Instagram and in donation-solicitation emails to alums.

Provost Beverly Davenport served as interim president immediately following Ono's departure.

It is unclear when Pinto will leave the University of Louisville.

WAVE 3 News will update this story as more information becomes available.

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