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Staying safe in severe weather

Today’s warning should be a timely reminder for all of us – myself included – that safety and weather alerts must be taken seriously. Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our community requires all of us to follow procedures and protocols and take responsible steps and precautions when alerts are issued.

Four important updates to start the new year

A new semester means new opportunities and challenges for our students (and everyone in our community). Let’s work together to support each other.

Thanking those who make our return possible

Over the last several days, as most of us I hope had time for rest and renewal, dozens and dozens of members of our facilities management, athletics, risk management, police department, crisis management, information technology services, communications, housing, residence life, safety and health teams worked around the clock to keep our infrastructure working in the face of bitter, below-zero weather.

Thank you for advancing Kentucky

This time of year always presents us with an opportunity to reflect on what matters most.

Acting EVPHA leadership and our continued work

To that end, I have asked Provost Robert S. DiPaola and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric N. Monday to serve as Co-Acting EVPHAs during this period of transition.

A historic week; preparing for the end of the semester

This week, Ashland-based King’s Daughters officially became part of the UK family. The largest employer in northeastern Kentucky, this strong regional health system has decades of service as an outstanding provider of care.

Reflecting on what happened; moving forward together

I want to provide updates following the recent violent and racist assault that horrified so many of us and deeply traumatized Black students, employees and community members.

Positioning UK to meet future health care demands

Dr. Newman will serve as EVPHA until the end of this calendar year and then transition to this new role. I will announce plans for acting leadership in UK HealthCare in the coming days and will follow up soon with how we will proceed in searching for the next EVPHA. 

Update on racist incident

We have pledged to keep you informed regarding our response to the racist assault captured on video last Sunday on our campus. I want to emphasize that this behavior was disgusting and devastating to our community. We stand by our students who were targeted by this unacceptable hostility and violence.

Our responsibility to stand up

While we cannot simply move on from — and we must never deny — what happened or the hate that finds its way into our world and on our campus, we must find a way to move forward. We must find a way for everyone in our community to sit at humanity’s table equally and with respect for one another. That is our responsibility as Kentucky’s university.