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Work Life Workgroup Update

A Work Location Workgroup was charged with researching, exploring ideas, and providing recommendations on how work location can support our institutional mission and efforts to advance the state. A steering committee was established to lead this initiative, and three workstreams were formed with broad campus representation, ensuring all voices are heard.

Mask Optional

Effective immediately, masks will be optional on our campus as will the use of plexiglass. This move does not apply to UK HealthCare facilities.

Weekly Update: Commencement and COVID-19 Safety Reminders

Today and tomorrow, our community will gather to celebrate the class of 2022. The UK Commencement Ceremonies are a testament to the compassion and commitment I see every day across our campus. These celebrations reflect our most profound promise: to prepare the next generation of scholars, workers, thinkers and builders.

Provost Robert DiPaola

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Robert DiPaola has accepted the position of Provost at the University of Kentucky.

Weekly Update

It is that time of the semester: Our students are preparing for finals week, faculty are wrapping up their grading for this term and our staff are continuing their invaluable work on behalf of our mission as we close another academic year. All of these efforts are part of our most profound promise to advance Kentucky.

Next Steps in Provost Search

Dear Campus Community,  In the coming weeks, with input from faculty leaders, I plan to announce an acting provost, who will serve up to a one-year appointment in this critical position. The search for a permanent provost will commence in the fall and will include multiple finalists for public consideration.  I write to you today to explain more about the provost selection process and why I’ve concluded that this is the best path forward for the University of Kentucky at this time.  The process for selecting an acting provost 

Weekly Update: Progress You Make Possible

As the final stretch of the semester approaches, I want to express my deep gratitude for the invaluable role you play in our mission to advance Kentucky. You make our crucial work possible. Thank you.

Weekly Update: Taking Care of Our People

This year, we will invest more than ever before in salary, wage and benefit increases from central sources. Investments allow us to increase access to the best care, while holding down costs of health care coverage.

Investing In Our People: Our Proposed Compensation Plan

We will be proposing to the Board of Trustees in June a compensation plan that doubles the annual amount we’ve been investing over the last 10 years for pay raises – $8.6 million on average to more than $17 million this coming year. Taking care of our people is a principle of our Strategic Plan. This compensation plan demonstrates that our plan is more than words. We are investing in our workforce.

Changes to COVID-19 Testing Policy

As of Monday, April 4, we will no longer require unvaccinated members of our community to be tested weekly for COVID-19. (This does not apply to UK HealthCare employees who fall under the CMS mandate).