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Over the past decade, the University of Kentucky has made tremendous progress in its efforts to serve the Lexington community, the Commonwealth and the world. Under the president's leadership, UK has seen:

  • Continued growth in students to a record level of more than 30,000 — central to our goal of fueling Kentucky’s future workforce needs.
  • Record retention and graduation rates, boosted by increases in the last five years alone of more than 5 percent.
  • Continued acceleration of our research efforts with growth in research and contracts to $468 million annually — much of it focused on Kentucky’s most intractable challenges, from opioid use disorders to cancer, heart disease and our country’s energy future.
  • A historic investment of $10 million to conduct research into racial inequities and inequality in health, justice, education and society and an investment of seed money to launch the multi-disciplinary Commonwealth Institute of Black Studies.
  • A commitment to our state’s health needs, with UK HealthCare treating more than 40,000 patients and being named the No. 1 hospital system in Kentucky for the sixth consecutive year.
  • A continued transformation of our campus — now, more than $2.8 billion in the last decade alone — that has positioned the university with outstanding living, learning and research spaces that rival any in American higher education.