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Staffers who prepare University of Kentucky budget know it tells story of what’s important


This photograph of the University of Kentucky is taken from the garden behind the president's home, Maxwell House, and looking onto Margaret I. King Library, the Art Library and the Fine Arts Building. (Photo by Whitney Hale)

This photograph of the University of Kentucky is taken from the garden behind the president’s home, Maxwell House, and looking onto Margaret I. King Library, the Art Library and the Fine Arts Building. (Photo by Whitney Hale)

 
By Eric Monday
Special to KyForward
 
The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees on Tuesday will vote on a $3 billion budget for the 2014-2015 year.
 
More important than the mind-boggling size of the numbers, though, is what those numbers represent.
 
The numbers reflect and describe the incredible work of our people — some 12,000 faculty and staff across 16 colleges and a growing academic medical center and extension system that touch every county and corner of the Commonwealth. We are, as Pres. Eli Capilouto often says, Kentucky’s indispensable institution — a special place that provides education, research, service and health care that is changing Kentucky and creating a stronger, brighter future.
 
I want to thank all of the staff in the University Budget Office and the various budget offices in the colleges, healthcare enterprise, and service and resource units who work on the budget. In particular, I want to thank all of the staff in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration who carefully and meticulously prepare the budget.
 
Angie Martin, our vice president for financial planning and chief budget officer, Roxanne McLetchie, our deputy chief budget officer, and many others on their staff work countless hours on the budget. They understand that it is more than rows and columns of numbers that must balance.
 
They understand that a budget tells a story. It tells what our priorities are and it reflects whether we are investing in those things we say are important — namely, our students and those who educate and guide them while they are at UK.
 
The hundreds of team members across campus, who thoughtfully and carefully monitor its progress throughout the year, play an important role, too, in ensuring that our investments match those things we care most about at UK.
 
Eric Monday is the executive vice president for finance and administration at the University of Kentucky.


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