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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The chairman of the University of Louisville's board of trustees says President James Ramsey has the board's full support during an FBI investigation of top health care executive David Dunn and two other officials.

Ramsey placed Dunn and Pricilla Hancock on paid leave Wednesday, the day after The Courier-Journal reported the FBI investigation of possible misuse of federal funds. Dunn's former top aide, Russell Bessette, resigned in Jan. 2014.

The newspaper reports ( Larry Benz spoke with reporters Thursday after an executive committee meeting.

Benz declined to discuss the allegations or say if any other employees were under investigation. He did say the review, which started 17 months ago, likely will be completed in "a matter of months."

Asked why the university waited until Wednesday to put Dunn and Hancock on leave, Benz said, "Draw your own conclusions."

Bessette declined to speak with the newspaper about the investigation, as did attorneys for Hancock and Dunn.

U of L also is awaiting the results of an NCAA investigation into allegations basketball recruits and players were provided prostitutes paid for by a former employee.

And last month, U of L's director of alumni relations, Deborah Dietzler, resigned after disclosures that she was accused of misusing funds at her last job, at the University of Georgia.

Also, Ramsey recently had to apologize repeatedly after he and his staff dressed as Mexicans for a Halloween party at the president's mansion.

Benz defended the school, saying the various crimes and embarrassments have received disproportionate attention because of the media's "negativity bias."

"This is not what the university is about," he said. "It is about academics, research and community engagement."


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