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The governance of the University of Kentucky is vested by law in its Board of Trustees. Within the limits set by the state constitution and federal and state laws (the Council on Postsecondary Education in Kentucky has powers and duties that relate to the governance of the University of Kentucky), the Board of Trustees is the final authority in all matters affecting the institution and exercises jurisdiction over the institution's financial, educational, and other policies and its relation with state and federal governments.

Board Members

Claude A. "Skip" Berry, III

Appointive Member

Chair, Audit and Compliance Committee; Member, Executive Committee; Member, University Athletics Committee.

Cathy A. Black

Appointive Member

Member, Academic and Student Affairs Committee; Member, Executive Committee; Member, Human Resources and University Relations Committee.

Lee X. Blonder

Faculty Member

Member, Academic and Student Affairs Committee; Member, Finance Committee; Member, Human Resources and University Relations Committee.

Joe Rollin Bowen

Appointive Member

Member, Audit and Compliance Committee; Member, Investment Committee; Member, Nominating Committee; Member, University Athletics Committee.

E. Britt Brockman, MD

Appointive Member

Chair, University Health Care Committee.

Michael A. Christian

Alumni Member

Member, Audit and Compliance Committee; Member, Investment Committee; Member, Nominating Committee.

Ray A. Daniels

Appointive Member

Member, Finance Committee; Member, University Athletics Committee; and Member University Health Care Committee.

Carol Martin "Bill" Gatton

Honorary Member

Member, Academic and Student Affairs Committee; Member, Finance Committee; Member, Investment Committee.

Ron Geoghegan

Appointive Member

Member, Academic and Student Affairs Committee; Member, Nominating Committee; and Member, University Health Care Committee.

Michael A. Hawse

Student Member

Member, Academic and Student Affairs Committee; Member, Finance Committee; Member, Human Resources and University Relations Committee.

Kimberly Scott McCann

Appointive Member

Vice Chair, Board of Trustees; Vice Chair, Executive Committee; Chair, Finance Committee; Member, Audit and Compliance Committee.

Elizabeth McCoy

Appointive Member

Chair, Investment Committee; Member, Audit and Compliance Committee; Member, Finance Committee.

David Melanson

Staff Member

Chair, University Athletics Committee; Member, Human Resources and University Relations Committee; Member, University Health Care Committee.

Paula Leach Pope

Alumni Member

Member, Academic and Student Affairs Committee; Member, Audit and Compliance Committee; and Member, Human Resources and University Relations Committee.

Derrick K. Ramsey

Staff Member

Member, Academic and Student Affairs Committee; Member, Audit and Compliance Committee; Member, Executive Committee; Member, Finance Committee.

C. Frank Shoop

Appointive Member

Chair, Nominating Committee; Member, Academic and Student Affairs Committee; and Member, Finance Committee.

Sandra R. Shuffett

Appointive Member

Chair, Human Resources and University Relations Committee; Member, Audit and Compliance Committee; and Member, Nominating Committee.

Bryan Sunderland

Appointive Member

Member, Academic and Student Affairs Committee; Member, Audit and Compliance Committee; and Member, Human Resources and University Relations Committee.

Hollie Swanson

Faculty Member

Member, Academic and Student Affairs Committee; Member, Investment Committee; and Member, University Health Care Committee.

Robert D. Vance

Appointive Member

Chair, Board of Trustees (2019-present); Chair, Executive Committee.

Rachel Watts Webb

Alumni Member

Chair, Academic and Student Affairs Committee; Secretary, Executive Committee; and Member, University Athletics Committee.