UK's vice chancellor of
minority affairs, Lauretta Byars, has contributed to the university and the community in
diverse ways over the past 28 years.
5, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) Lauretta
Byars, vice chancellor of minority affairs at the University of Kentucky, is the recipient
of this years Lyons Award for Outstanding Service, which is given for service to the
campus, community and state.
award is given by UKs Martin School for Public Policy and Administration. The award
honors the late political science and public administration professor William E. Lyons,
who served the community and campus as director of the Martin School, chair of UKs
political science department, chair of the Merger Commission that established the Urban
County Government, member of the Urban County Council and chair of various government
has contributed to the university and the community in diverse ways over the past 28
years. From her earliest position at UK as executive director for Educational Talent
Search to her current position as vice chancellor, she has been particularly involved in
student affairs and services.
Byars is strongly committed to broad academic leadership in higher education, student
learning inside and outside the classroom, institutional and personal values, including
the areas of cultural, racial, ethnic and gender diversity and mutual respect in all ways
of life at the University of Kentucky and in the community, wrote Lexington Campus
Chancellor Elisabeth Zinser in her nomination of Byars. Her conviction to
institutionalize the legacy of African Americans in UKs history, to reconcile our
disparity and differences and to renew our commitment to the principles of equality,
cultural diversity and human dignity has been a major force for positive change at our
contributions dont stop at the campus gate. She has made major commitments to
improving Lexington and the commonwealth in ways that are both professional and personal.
Her list of community service activities is extensive. It includes membership on the
Lexington Commission on Race Relations during the last eight years, a time during which
several events have challenged local leaders and citizens to find ways to build community
across the races. She chairs the Council for Families and Children, a statewide advisory
group for the Cabinet for Families and Children. She served on the Lexington-Fayette Urban
County Government Comprehensive Plan Update Committee and was on the Child and Adolescent
Service Task Force. She was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the LFUCG Division of
Juvenile Court. She also has been a member of the Educational Opportunity Task Force of
Fayette County Public Schools and served with Kentucky Tomorrow: The Commission on Kentuckys Future. She was
active on the Voluntary Action Center Board of Directors and was on the Lexington-Fayette
County Community Action Headstart Policy Council. She also has served as a foster parent
for the Cabinet for Families and Children for 20 years.
list of university service activities is equally impressive, spanning a wide variety of
committee, task force and team assignments over the last 28 years. This has included
activities such as the Inclusive Learning Community Team, the Equal Opportunity Panel, the
Student Code Committee, the Student Financial Aid Committee and numerous committees of the
UK College of Social Work, where she is a full professor and has served as assistant dean
for student affairs and director of the undergraduate program. She also has served on
universitywide search committees for the dean of the College of Education, associate dean
of the Graduate School, director of the Womens Studies Program and dean of students.
has been professionally active in the Commission on Human Resources of the National
Association of State and Land Grant Universities, the Council on Social Work Education,
the Kentucky Association of Black in Higher Education and the Kentucky Association of
Social Work Educators, among other groups.