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The Promise of the University of Kentucky

Campus Community, The University of Kentucky is more than a place. It is more than a team. It is more than a beautiful campus. It is a promise. A promise to educate another record-setting class of incoming students. A promise to support every Wildcat inside and outside of the classroom. A promise to discover solutions to problems that challenge our Commonwealth, this nation and the world. A promise to ensure Kentuckians receive the health care they need in Kentucky.

Work Location Update and Next Steps

Last year, the Work Location Workgroup began a thoughtful process to ensure we support our residential campus while remaining flexible, where appropriate, with remote and hybrid work arrangements. Today, I am pleased to share the final step in that process.

Important Leadership Update for UK HealthCare

Campus Community, This week, I asked Bob DiPaola and Eric Monday to assume the positions of Co-Executive Vice President for Health Affairs on a permanent basis. I am gratified they have agreed to do so. I am excited about what it means for UK HealthCare (UKHC) and our university as we seek to advance Kentucky in everything that we do.

U.S. Supreme Court decision; our commitment to a community of belonging

Campus Community, Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling in two cases regarding the use of race in admissions of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in higher education. We are still reviewing the details of the ruling, but, based on our initial understanding, it appears that the Court has restricted the consideration of race with respect to admissions and scholarships. However, it appears we can consider an applicant’s discussion of how race has affected their life.

A monumental gift to UK and our Commonwealth

I am both humbled and gratified to inform our campus community that today — on what would have been Carol Martin “Bill” Gatton’s 91st birthday — we are announcing that the Bill Gatton Foundation has bestowed a $100 million gift to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) at the University of Kentucky.

Our students, our growth, our momentum

The University of Kentucky is an institution with undeniable momentum in our mission to advance Kentucky – educating more students, attracting the support of donors, focusing research on the issues that challenge our state and expanding our reach as the state’s premiere center for advanced subspecialty health care.

Supporting our people; advancing our state

For the 10th time in 11 years, we will be proposing a pay increase for UK employees as part of the budget for 2023-2024 that our Board of Trustees will consider in June.

A tragic loss for the Commonwealth and our UK community

We will certainly learn more in the coming days about the victims of Monday’s shooting in Louisville as we are all witnesses, yet again, to a senseless, violent act that defies description and surpasses understanding.

Students leading us; supporting their growth

We are here to educate our students in ways that prepare them for lives of meaning and purpose. But as is so often the case, it’s our students who teach us about both meaning and purpose.

Affirmation of our commitment to students, Kentucky

For several days this week, a panel of senior higher education administrators from across the country visited our campus. They represented the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the accrediting body that reaffirms universities like ours every 10 years.