Assistant Vice President for Government Relations
213 Main Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
Office: (859) 323-6580
Fax: (859) 257-9065
Stephen R. Byars is the Assistant Vice President for Government Relations for the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining the University he was the Vice-President of External Affairs for ALLTEL Corporation, the second largest telephone company in Kentucky. He has experience in government relations, regulatory affairs, media relations, public relations and economic development. Mr. Byars was also employed by Columbia Gas of Kentucky as the Director of External Affairs where he oversaw regulatory and government affairs as well as internal and external communications. Prior to joining Columbia Gas he was the president of Lexington United, the economic development organization for the greater Lexington area.
Mr. Byars has a degree in economics from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio with a minor in urban studies. He serves on the board of directors of the Urban League of Lexington/Fayette County and is the chair of the Fayette Education Foundation. He is a past president of the Kentucky Industrial Development Council.