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Executive direction and management of the University of Kentucky's operations, both academic and fiscal, are carried out by the Board of Trustees and the President. As Chief Executive Officer of the University, the President is responsible for all official communication with the Board and external agencies. The President provides leadership on all policy, planning, and development functions of the institution.

President's Staff

Renee Smith

Renée Smith, Executive Assistant to the President (859) 257-1703 | renee.smith@uky.edu

Renée Smith joined the Office of the President in June 2014.  Prior to UK, she held positions in Men’s Basketball at Western Kentucky University, the Office of the President at Kentucky State University, and the Governor’s Office for Local Development.  A native of Lexington, KY, Renée attended Kentucky State University and Midway College.

Eric Monday

Eric N. Monday, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration (859) 257-1841 | emonday@uky.edu

Dr. Eric N. Monday has served as the executive vice president for finance and administration (EVPFA) since December 2012. Additionally, he provides administrative support to the president and manages operations for the Office of the President.

Brenda Heeter

Brenda Heeter, Executive Administrator to President and EVPFA (859) 218-0416 | brenda.heeter@uky.edu

Brenda Heeter joined the administration team in November 2017 after serving for several years in UK’s Mechanical Engineering department.  She manages operations for the Office of the President, and provides administrative support to the president and the executive vice president for finance and administration.

Kay Bryant

Kay Bryant, Administrative Services Assistant (859) 257-1701 | kay.bryant@uky.edu

Kay Bryant joined the Office of the President in August 2021 after serving in the UK Office of Legal Counsel since 2017.  Kay provides support to the Office of the President and Senior Advisor to the President.

Katie Hardwick

Katie Hardwick, Administrative Staff Officer (859) 257-1704 | katie.hardwick@uky.edu

Katie Hardwick joined the Office of the President in December 2017 and serves primarily as the liaison to the Board of Trustees. She is a 1992 UK graduate with a B.A. in Fine Arts and Communications. Prior to working at her alma mater, she was the AVP of Programs and Events at Commerce Lexington Inc.

Cabinet

Eric Monday

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric N. Monday

Office of Finance and Administration
107 Main Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
(859) 257-1841

Mark Newman

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Mark F. Newman

UK HealthCare
Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
317 Charles T. Wethington Building 0200
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40536
(859) 323-5126

Lisa Cassis

Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis

Office of Research
311 Main Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
(859) 257-5294

Acting Provost DiPaola

Acting Provost Robert S. DiPaola

Office of the Provost
105 Main Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
(859) 257-2911

Kirsten Turner

Vice President for Student Success Kirsten Turner

Student Success
107 Miller Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0035
(859) 257-1911

Mike Richey

Vice President for Philanthropy Mike Richey

Office of Philanthropy
Sturgill Development Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0015
(859) 257-3911

Photo of Dr. Katrice Albert

Vice President for Institutional Diversity Katrice Albert

Office for Institutional Diversity
311 Main Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
(859) 257-9293

Nancy Cox

Vice President for Land-grant Engagement and Dean Nancy Cox

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
S-123 Ag Science North
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
(859) 257-4772

Bill Thro

General Counsel Bill Thro

Office of Legal Counsel
301 Main Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
(859) 257-2936

Jospeh Reed

Chief Accountability Officer and Audit Executive Joe Reed

Office of Internal Audit
1500 Bull Lea Rd; Suite 200
Lexington, KY
(859) 257-9734

George Wright

Senior Adviser to the President George Wright

Office for Institutional Diversity
311 Main Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
(859) 257-9293

Mitch Barnhart

Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
UK Athletics
Joe Craft Center
University of Kentucky
338 Lexington, Ave.
Lexington, KY 40506-0604
(859) 257-8000

Past Presidents

The University of Kentucky has a long history of inspiring leaders. It is because of their dedication and passion that we are who we are today.  

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Contact Us

Office of the President
101 Main Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0032

Phone: (859) 257-1701
Fax: (859) 257-1760
Email: pres@uky.edu 

History of the President's Residence

Since 1918, the university president has lived at the historic Maxwell Place on campus. 

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