LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 25: Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, President of the Univeristy of Louisville is seen at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Museum on September 25, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images for Kentucky Center for African American Heritage and York Management)

University of Louisville president Neeli Bendapudi is leaving to take over as president of Penn State University.

In an email to U of L students and staff announcing her departure, Bendapudi spoke of her time leading the school for the last three years.

“The decision to embark on a new chapter in my professional journey was not an easy one,” Bendapudi said. “I will miss our students, our faculty, our staff, our retirees, our alumni and our supporters, and I will miss my senior leadership team. All of you are among the best in the nation and are the heart and soul of our institution.”

Bendapudi added that she had, “complete confidence this important work will continue and that the University of Louisville will rise to greater heights.”

“This is not goodbye. Over the next days and weeks, I will work closely with the Board of Trustees to ensure a smooth transition. I will always carry Louisville and the Cardinals in my heart.”

This departure also comes on the heels of the U of L board approving to modify athletic director Vince Tyra’s contract, enabling him to take the athletic director job at Florida State University.

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