Gatton College of Business and Economics dean David Blackwell named UK’s next provost

Gatton College of Business and Economics dean David Blackwell has been named the University of Kentucky’s next provost. Blackwell will begin his duties as provost on Jan. 8, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Tuesday in a campus-wide announcement. Blackwell has served as dean of the Gatton College since 2012, a time of tremendous growth and transformation. Most recently,...

UK announces $12 million gift to support Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto on Wednesday announced a more than $12 million gift from UK graduate and philanthropist Paul Chellgren and his wife, Deborah Cole Chellgren, to support the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence. The Chellgren Center has long been one of the premier centers of undergraduate excellence in Kentucky. Paul Chellgren As a result of the gift, university...

UK College of Medicine’s Northern Kentucky campus gets $2.5 million scholarship from St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has provided a gift of $2.5 million to support a tuition scholarship program for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Northern Kentucky. Through this gift, scholarships will be awarded to medical students enrolled at the Northern Kentucky campus, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. The affiliation between the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky...

Raising the Bar: New $56 million building project significantly expands UK College of Law

The University of Kentucky College of Law began a new chapter with a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday on Mandrell Hall’s front lawn, across the street from the Law Building, now undergoing construction. UK President Eli Capilouto and UK Law Dean David A. Brennen were joined by students, faculty, staff, donors and alumni in unveiling details of the $56 million building renovation and expansion...

Eli Capilouto: Research one of the major factors helping to drive Kentucky’s economy

At the University of Kentucky, we strive to be at the intersection of innovation and impact. We are called, as a $3.7 billion academic, research and health enterprise, to answer still lingering questions while daring to pioneer the questions yet asked. This discovery helps drive Kentucky’s economy. Our rare mix of top ranked programs in agriculture, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy positions UK...

UK College of Engineering unveils $3.5 million Hardymon Center for Student Success

By Kel Hahn Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky College of Engineering has changed the way students learn through the opening of a new student resource, the James and Gay Hardymon Center for Student Success. The 9,600 square foot renovation opened August 25, and occupies the entire third floor of historic F. Paul Anderson Tower and centralizes essential student resources in one convenient...

It’s All Here: UK president Capilouto gives video tour of sweeping campus changes as students return

By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward On Wednesday, the University of Kentucky campus came alive once again as the first classes in the 2017-18 academic year began. Students, faculty and staff are arriving to a transformed campus. During the past six years, the University of Kentucky has invested more than $2.3 billion in facilities designed to support students. In addition to the...

Eli Capilouto: As competition for talent increases, need for education and skills grows as well

Last week, 50 representatives with Greater Louisville, Inc. traveled to our campus to bridge a strong connection between their effort in developing Louisville’s workforce and our graduates. They are working on behalf of their community to recruit more of our graduates to the Louisville area; further connecting our cities and region, and adding to the more than 35,000 UK alumni already in the region....

Head of Duke University’s practice plans Newman selected new UK health affairs vice president

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Friday that the leader of one of the country’s largest and most renowned academic physician practice plans will be UK’s new Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. He Kentucky native Dr. Mark F. Newman is an anesthesiologist and currently serves as president of Private Diagnostic Clinic, the physician practice plan for Duke University’s...

Commentary: Our experiences frame what we understand about ourselves — and the world around us

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward Consider the story of a teacher I recently heard about: Young and enthusiastic, she faced a classroom in Los Angeles with the task of teaching them about negative numbers. She struggled. And they couldn’t grasp it, no matter how many times she would try to explain the concept. A short time later she returned home to her native Minneapolis, teaching another class...

UK officially opens 10,000-foot Sports Medicine Research Institute at Nutter Training Center

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward The opening of University of Kentucky’s Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI), spearheaded by the UK College of Health Sciences and supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, was marked in a special ceremony Thursday. The 10,000-square-foot facility, part of the UK Nutter Training Facility on campus, will conduct research into...

UK Board of Trustees approves $3.7 billion budget, includes 4 percent tuition increase for in-state students

President Eli Capilouto said the University of Kentucky’s proposed $3.7 billion budget for 2017-2018 will make historic investments in faculty and staff, while continuing to focus on affordability for students and families. Specifically, the recommended budget and tuition and fees that were presented to the UK Board of Trustees Tuesday include: — A salary merit pool of 2.5 percent that, if...

Celebration, Reflection and Honor: An unforgettable day for both veterans and UK alike

By Whitney Harder, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward When Thomas Kubeck returned home from the Vietnam War, he never received a hero’s welcome. He landed back in the states on a stretcher, not to a crowd of cheering people or handshakes of gratitude. Last Saturday, Kubeck, a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, finally received the celebration he deserved. He and nearly...

University of Kentucky awarded $11.2 million grant to launch new Center for Cancer and Metabolism

The University of Kentucky was recently awarded a prestigious Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant to study the metabolism of cancer from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. The $11.2 million grant, announced by school officials Monday, will fund UK’s Center for Cancer and Metabolism over the next five years. Kentucky...

Commentary: Every picture tells a story … and must necessarily raise questions occasionally as well

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward It is a truism that every picture tells a story. Perhaps, it is true as well that every picture must necessarily raise questions: What was the intent of the artist? What is the interplay between intent and the perceptions of divergent and diverse audiences over time and across chasms of race, identity, gender and ideology? Can a static image — frozen in time...

UK names longtime scholar, academic administrator to institutional diversity position

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has tabbed a longtime UK scholar and academic administrator as the next vice president for institutional diversity. Sonja Feist-Price will begin her duties as vice president for institutional diversity on March 20, Capilouto announced this week to campus. Feist-Price has been at UK for nearly 25 years as a leading teacher and scholar in the College of...

UK College of Medicine partners with NKU, St. Elizabeth to develop regional medical school

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine announced plans Monday to develop a regional medical school campus in Northern Kentucky for four-year medical education. The program is the third regional medical school campus announced by UK designed to increase the overall number of physicians in the Commonwealth. Four-year regional campuses have been proposed in Bowling Green and Morehead; the campus...

UK adds fourth graduation ceremony to accommodate rising number of graduates, family

The University of Kentucky has seen dramatic increases in the number of graduates and families and friends attending Commencement ceremonies. For example, in 2011, more than 2,400 graduates participated in May Commencement. In May 2016, that number increased to more than 3,100. To accommodate these rising numbers and to provide a better experience for UK graduates and their families and friends, in...

DanceBlue community cuts ribbon for new Pediatric Cancer Clinic at Kentucky Children’s Hospital

By Elizabeth Adams and Rebecca Stratton Special to KyForward With a sailboat full of toys, murals of blue skies over the sea and a lighthouse illuminated with all colors of the rainbow, the new $1.6 million DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic transports families to a beachside getaway. The expanded beach-themed clinic, supported by funds raised through...

Fayette Circuit Court rules for UK in lawsuit over documents related to ex-professor’s sexual abuse

Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark Tuesday set aside Attorney General Andy Beshear’s ruling in a case involving the Kentucky Kernel, the student newspaper at UK. The Kernel had requested certain documents from the university, which the university said were preliminary and were “employment” documents that were not subject to open records. The university did turn over other documents...