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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.

Sharing Your Story

Since 1865, we've managed to harness the turbulence that often accompanies an ever-growing institution; the ebbs and flows that refine a place like us...a place with profound responsibilities.  Of course, our successes lend credence to our name. But it's our determination to meet every moment, to discover and leverage opportunities unearthed only during a pressure test, that really defines our purpose.

Legislative Update

The House proposal includes increases in the general funds — or base budget — UK would receive from the state as well as more investment in the performance funding model. House members will consider that proposal in the coming weeks, before turning to the Senate for its review.

Honoring MLK's Legacy

On Monday, thousands came together in downtown Lexington to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s profound legacy. I had the privilege to share with the crowd that 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the March on Frankfort. In 1964, Kentuckians — some 10,000 strong — marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson and UK staff, faculty and students. Their footprints helped carve the path for the Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966. 

Welcome Back

I hope you had a rejuvenating winter break and a great start to 2024. The beginning of a new semester is always exciting. It's a chance to set new goals or double down on your progress with renewed energy — or both. As you begin 2024, I encourage you to learn more about how to start strong.

The State Budget Process Begins

Last night, Governor Andy Beshear unveiled his budget proposal for the Commonwealth for the 2024-2026 biennium. The proposal details continued investments in higher education, including annual appropriations over the next two years to help fund general operations on our campuses. The proposal also contains funding for what we call “asset preservation,” dollars that would be devoted to renovations of facilities in the core of our campus.

Thank you for the hope you bring to our campus and to Kentucky

The momentum from this past year is palpable across our campus. We are educating and graduating more students than at any other time in our university’s history. We are making life-changing discoveries in our $476 million research and development enterprise, generating $873 million in economic activity across Kentucky.

Nursing grad, Army sergeant earns degree after deployment

Ashland resident Travis Fannin has experienced a long, whirlwind journey toward earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.