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UK President Eli Capilouto updates campus on ‘Our next steps in diversity, equity and inclusion’

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto sent the following email to the UK campus community on Monday (July 6). Dear Campus Community, The fall 2020 semester represents a new beginning for our community. We don’t seek a new “normal.” We aspire to reimagine and reinvent who we are, while remaining firmly fixed on our missions of education, research, service and care. Such a community is...

UK Board of Trustees extends President Eli Capilouto’s employment agreement by three years

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees last week approved a three-year extension of UK President Eli Capilouto’s employment agreement. The extension, detailed in a brief amended agreement to his existing employment agreement, continues Capilouto’s term to 2023-24. Capilouto’s current employment agreement and previous amendments can be found at www.uky.edu. “The past nine years have been...

President Eli Capilouto orders immediate removal of mural from UK’s Memorial Hall

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto ordered the immediate removal of a mural in Memorial Hall on Friday afternoon. He sent the following message to all students, faculty and staff: I have not been able to get the images out of my mind. And the images should be — and will be forever — in my mind. For eight minutes and 46 seconds, on a street in an American city in 2020, George Floyd...

University of Kentucky board plans to extend president’s contract; Capilouto requests pay cut

University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Vance apprised UK employees and students this week of plans to extend President Eli Capilouto’s contract and of Capilouto’s request that his annual pay be reduced by 10 percent in the coming year. Capilouto became UK’s 12th president July 1, 2011. Vance’s email message to campus is below: Dear Campus Community, On behalf of our Board...

Capilouto announces strategic goal for UK: ‘We plan to open in August’ for start of fall semester

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto sent an email message to the UK community on Friday addressing efforts to “reinvent normal” for the fall semester. The email message follows: It’s a question that confronts us every day: How do we return to the vibrant and safe campus we are committed to when so much around us still seems so uncertain and there is still so much we don’t...

UK furloughs 1,700 employees, most from healthcare facilities, to address significant budgetary challenges

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today University of Kentucky officials announced on Thursday that they will furlough around 1,700 employees, as part of the first phase of a plan to address significant budgetary challenges confronting both the academic campus and UK HealthCare. 
Approximately 1,500 of the full- and part-time employees work at UK HealthCare facilities, where furloughs will begin April 26. 
The...

UK announces $70 million budget shortfall for next year; cuts required to lay foundation for future

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto on Tuesday announced that UK is confronting challenges more daunting than the institution has faced in decades. Most of the institution’s revenues are expected to decline, many significantly, Capilouto wrote to the UK campus in an email Tuesday morning. As a result, the university’s core instruction- and service-related...

UK enrollment confirmation deadline moved to June 1; one of series of steps to increase access

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has announced the first in a series of steps that the Division of Enrollment Management is implementing, designed to increase access to more students and families who want to attend UK, but who are grappling with the impact of COVID-19. “At the University of Kentucky, we know that we will get through this together. And one of the things I look most forward...

UK raises starting pay, improves workforce benefits that ‘makes possible an incredible dream’

(Photo by Mark Cornelison, UK) By Sarah Geegan and Jay Blanton UK Now Saying it is “the right thing to do,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Thursday that beginning July 1, 2020, the starting wage for regular employees will increase from $10.40 an hour to $12.50. “We have a wonderful team of employees that makes possible an incredible dream,” Capilouto said. “And we...

UK Board to consider funding for demolition of Kirwan-Blanding Residence Hall Complex

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto next week will ask the UK Board of Trustees to approve a funding proposal to demolish the Kirwan-Blanding Residence Hall Complex and Dining Commons as part of a plan to construct new student living space, add new greenspace and preserve a majestic tree allée that underscores UK’s commitment to the natural environment. “The proposed transformation...

Mitch McConnell: Kentucky is turning the tide against substance abuse, but there’s more work ahead

Families in nearly every neighborhood of our country have suffered because of the opioid and substance abuse epidemic. For years, the situation just seemed to get worse as addiction hurt more families. Kentucky has tragically been among the hardest-hit states. Thankfully, however, our years-long efforts are finally producing a glimmer of hope. A new report released this summer showed overdose deaths...

UK has record number of first-year students; greater diversity, higher quality, more preparedness

The University of Kentucky has a record number of first-year students, greater diversity and more quality and preparedness of students, the Board of Trustees was told on Friday. UK says the record first-year class of 5,396, represents 319 more students than last year and underscores their commitment to educate more Kentuckians and other young people. President Eli Capilouto told the board they are...

New shared use path at Arboretum connects commuters to UK campus, city of Lexington

  Located on the wester edge of the Arboretum Woods, the new shared use path links Shady Lane to University Court, providing improved connection for dozens of commuters who cycle and walk along this corridor each day. (Photo from UKNow)   A new shared use path opened today at the Arboretum in Lexington, connecting bicyclists and pedestrians from south Lexington neighborhoods to campus and...