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This time of year is exciting for many reasons: the satisfaction of closing chapters and the anticipation of beginning new ones, the eagerness of spending time with those you cherish or getting an opportunity to rest and recharge. It's also a time of year when some of our students need us most. 

UK student returns to the classroom, continuing passion for learning agriculture

A native of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Michael Moore recently made a life-changing decision. He returned to college as a first-generation student to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sustainable agriculture in the community food systems track at the University of Kentucky Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. 

Thank you for upholding our promise to advance Kentucky

To be sure, this season of thanks and reflection can all too easily yield to a winter of discontent and discord. So much of our politics and our world seem irrevocably fractured and fractious, making our mission to educate and discover both more challenging and more important than ever. The power of what we do, throughout our Commonwealth and world, is based on the belief that even in the depths of debate, so fundamental to education and discovery, we share a humanity. And that shared humanity tells us that everyone is worthy. Everyone belongs. Everyone is someone of infinite worth. Everyone can contribute because we are and can be so much more together.

Efforts to Accelerate the University of Kentucky's Progress

As we near the halfway mark in the academic year, I wanted to provide an update on an important initiative that will guide much of our future work together as we seek to advance Kentucky in everything that we do.

Our momentum

Campus Community,   Momentum. That is what the Kentucky Can campaign ensures.   And research at UK continues to push the boundaries of knowledge –– the boundaries of what is possible.  

UK alum, activist receives James Beard Foundation Leadership Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2023) — University of Kentucky alumnus Jim Embry, best known as a preeminent civil rights activist, eco-activist farmer, social justice advocate and public speaker, among other distinctions, was awarded the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award earlier this year in Chicago.

Ensuring stability and prestige

Campus Community, This week, I reflect on another of the ‘Kentucky Can’ campaign’s impact areas: stability and prestige. Thanks to this transformative campaign, we can continue to attract and retain the finest faculty and establish state-of-the-art facilities and programs, enhancing the university’s academic standing and overall campus experiences. 

Proving what Kentucky Can do

Campus Community, On Friday, I was honored to celebrate the completion of our $2.1 billion Kentucky Can campaign – the largest fundraising campaign in the history of the Commonwealth. 

Shaping Kentucky's future workforce

Campus Community,

Board of Trustees: UK must accelerate growth, progress to advance Kentucky

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees on Friday directed me to move quickly to accelerate the institution’s progress in addressing the state’s workforce needs. Specifically, as an extension of the university’s strategic plan – The UK PURPOSE – the Board directed us to make plans to: