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UofL board meets in Paducah

BY LAUREN P. DUNCANlduncan@paducahsun.com

University of Louisville leaders visited Paducah on Thursday and were given an update on the university's impact in western Kentucky.

A panel of Paducah area residents spoke to the university's Board of Trustees during its summer retreat held at the Carson Center.

The panel featured Mike Livingston, Paducah attorney and former Board of Trustees member; Sandra Wilson, Paducah commissioner; Dr. Landen Meeks, ophthalmologist at Baptist Health Paducah; William Brown, president of Baptist Health Paducah; Dr. Ed O'Neill, neonatologist at Baptist Health; Dr. Wally Montgomery, a retired surgeon; and Allison Stieg, dean of students at Paducah Tilghman High School.

Brown explained the university's largest presence in Paducah is probably in the medical community with many alumni practicing here.

But Brown hopes to see more medical students actively working in Paducah. At Baptist Health's Madisonville campus, the hospital works with the university in offering a residency training program in family medicine. General surgery residents also rotate at the Madisonville hospital. Brown said he'd like to see both programs expand to Paducah.

"We want to expand our residency program here ... we want (physicians) to come here to live," he said.

University President Dr. James Ramsey said the board met in Paducah for its summer retreat to give the school's leaders a taste of the Purchase Region.

"We thought it was good for our trustees to understand the importance of Paducah," he said.

There are 51 incoming freshmen at the university from the Purchase Region and 277 current students from the area.

The Purchase Region is home to three current University of Louisville Brown fellows: Lukus Guhy from Mayfield High School, a junior studying mechanical engineering; Megan Durham, a sophomore biology major from Graves County High School; and Chad Behbehani, a freshman biology major who graduated from Heath High School.

The three current McConnell Scholars are Alicia Humphrey, a freshman majoring in English from Paducah Tilghman High School; Connor Tracey, a sophomore political and philosophy major from Mayfield High School; and Sam Whittaker, a junior political science and history major from St. Mary High School.

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