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Our Plan to Advance Kentucky

The University of Kentucky was created to advance this state — its health, its economy and its quality of life. In the past decade, through its mission of education, research, service and care, the university has been striving to meet the needs of Kentucky through growth — educating and graduating more students, moving enrollment to record levels, treating and healing the largest number of patients in our history with a continued emphasis on advanced subspeciality care and expanding a research capacity focused on the state’s most significant challenges and opportunities. In fact, the momentum that has occurred in higher education in the Commonwealth over the last decade — in terms of overall degrees, degrees among students of color and from lower-income households — has been fueled and driven by the University of Kentucky.

Utilizing UK’s Strategic Plan — the UK-PURPOSE — as a framework and guide, the Board of Trustees directs the president to focus the university’s expansive capacity and commitment on accelerating efforts to advance Kentucky — its economy, the health and welfare of its citizens and its quality of life through a plan that ensures: more educated Kentuckians, more readiness, more partnerships, more employee recruitment and retention, more responsiveness. 

You can read the full chairman's recommendation (CR1) from the Board of Trustees here

 

Work Group Membership

Five work groups will spearhead this effort. 

More Educated Kentuckians

Charge

Continuing strategic and thoughtful enrollment growth, focused on the workforce needs of Kentucky and developing ways through comprehensive planning efforts that align UK’s full complement of disciplines, our health and research enterprises and new and strengthened partnerships with schools, government, corporations and industry to incentivize students to live and work in Kentucky following graduation.

Work Group Members

  1. Kirsten Turner (Student Success) co-facilitator
  2. Scott Lephart (College of Heath Sciences) co-facilitator
  3. Lisa Tannock (Office of Faculty Advancement)
  4. Rosalie Mainous (College of Nursing)
  5. Clayton Thyne (College of Arts and Sciences)
  6. Margaret Rintamaa (College of Education)
  7. Todd Brann (IRADS)
  8. Christine Harper (Enrollment Management)
  9. Julie Balog (Marketing)
  10. Paul Knowles (Facilities Management)
  11. Tim Gaillard (UK HealthCare)
  12. Melody Flowers (Economic Development)
  13. Emma Stiglic (College of Nursing, Student Government Association Representative)
  14. Kristine Urshel (Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University Senate Representative)
  15. Beth Goins (Strategic Communications – College of Education, Staff Senate Representative)
  16. Recorder: Amy Timoney (PR and Strategic Communications)

See work group 1's December 2023 presentation to UK's Board of Trustees here. 

More Readiness

Charge

Working in a campus-wide initiative through the institution’s shared governance structure, the university will assess, evaluate and revise the institution’s general education curriculum – the UK Core – with a focus on ensuring students are provided with the skills to succeed in a fast-changing and sophisticated workplace that will require technical competency but also the capacity to engage in critical thinking and constructive dialogue as our graduates must lead companies and communities in the process of forging solutions rather than divisions. 

Work Group Members

  1. Robert DiPaola (Office of the Provost) co-facilitator
  2. DeShana Collett (University Senate) co-facilitator
  3. George Wright (President’s Cabinet)
  4. Ana Franco-Watkins (College of Arts and Sciences)
  5. Jennifer Greer (Office of the Provost)
  6. Lizzy Hornung (Student Body President, Student Government Association Representative)
  7. Jason Marcus (Student Body Vice President, Student Government Association Representative)
  8. Ashley York (College of Public Health, Student Government Association Representative)
  9. Keiko Tanaka (Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, University Senate Representative)
  10. Olivia Davis (Gatton College of Business and Economics, University Senate Representative)
  11. Molly Blasing (College of Arts and Sciences, University Senate Representative)
  12. Amanda Biddle (Integrative Medicine and Health, UK HealthCare, Staff Senate Representative)
  13. Mike Shanks (Associate Registrar, Staff Senate Representative)
  14. Aaron Vaught (Associate Director of Student Services, College of Design, Staff Senate Representative)
  15. Recorder: Dani Jaffe (PR and Strategic Communications)

See work group 2's December 2023 presentation to UK's Board of Trustees here. 

More Partnerships

Charge

Expanding the university’s impact through partnerships, acquisitions, new initiatives with schools, governments, non-profits, industry and corporations that enhance UK’s ability to meet the state’s needs through its mission of education, research, service and care.

Work Group Members

  1. Rob Edwards (UK HealthCare) co-facilitator
  2. Nancy Cox (Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment) co-facilitator
  3. Heath Price (Partnerships)
  4. Jake Lemon (Philanthropy)
  5. Mitch Barnhart (Athletics)
  6. George Ward (Economic Development)
  7. Taunya Phillips (Office of Technology Commercialization)
  8. Laura Stephenson (Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment)
  9. Najiya Clayborn (College of Fine Arts, Student Government Association Representative)
  10. Justin Nichols (College of Education, University Senate Representative)
  11. Ryan Farley (Cooperative Extension Field Services – Woodford County Extension Service, Staff Senate Representative)
  12. Recorder: Jay Blanton (PR and Strategic Communications)

See work group 3's December 2023 presentation to UK's Board of Trustees here. 

More Employee Recruitment and Retention

Charge

Reviewing how UK takes care of all its people to maximize recruitment and retention of the best and most inclusive employee base while continuing to be responsive to the evolving needs of employees.

Work Group Members

  1. Melissa Frederick (Human Resources) co-facilitator
  2.  Katrice Albert (Institutional Diversity) co-facilitator
  3. Jason Schlafer (Athletics)
  4. Kristen Cheser (Provost Budget Office)
  5. New HR AVP for UK HealthCare (UK HealthCare)
  6. Richard Amos (Human Resources)
  7. Trisha Clement-Montgomery (Student Success)
  8. Marianne Young (Student Success)
  9. Bailey Pierce (Rosenberg College of Law, Student Government Association Representative)
  10. Karen Skaff (College of Health Sciences, University Senate Representative)
  11. Olivia Ellis (Education Abroad, Staff Senate Representative)
  12. Recorder: Steve Ivey (PR and Strategic Communications)

See work group 4's December 2023 presentation to UK's Board of Trustees here. 

More Responsiveness

Charge

Reviewing policies, procedures and financing strategies to ensure the institution is aligned with the state’s needs. This process will include a review of relationships with the CPE, K-12, government agencies and the private sector, as well as the University’s Governing and Administrative Regulations to ensure the institution is poised to accelerate its progress and growth.

Work Group Members

  1. Penny Cox (University Financial Services) co-facilitator
  2. Lisa Cassis (Research) co-facilitator
  3. Bill Thro (Office of Legal Counsel)
  4. Joe Reed (UK Internal Audit)
  5. Heather Bush (College of Public Health)
  6. Jay Miller (College of Social Work)
  7. Bart Hardin (University Relations)
  8. Britt Morgan (EVPFA Business Support Center)
  9. John Andrew Segebarth (College of Arts and Sciences, Student Government Association Representative)
  10. Roger Brown (Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, University Senate Representative)
  11. Courtney McCalla (Student Organizations and Activities, Staff Senate Representative)
  12. Recorder: Tiana Thé (PR and Strategic Communications)

See work group 5's December 2023 report to UK's Board of Trustees here. 

Accelerating Kentucky

Important Legislative Update

We continue to monitor and respond to many legislative proposals during this year’s session of the General Assembly. We have much more work to do, ideas to share and thoughtful discussions to have about many of these proposals, both on campus and with our partners in Frankfort. In all these conversations, we are guided by our strategic plan — The UK-PURPOSE — which sets forward principles for how we will advance Kentucky. During this legislative session, I have reflected often on the principle of “Bringing Together Many People, One Community.”

Your Feedback Matters

Since 2015, UK Human Resources has administered five UK@Work employee engagement surveys. Now that we have several surveys to look back on, we see clear progress from when we first began strategically measuring employee engagement. In 14 areas for which we have historical comparisons, all 14 areas of faculty feedback, and nine areas of staff feedback, have improved since our first survey in 2015.

Honoring Lyman T. Johnson and His Legacy

This year, we commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of our most significant stories.