12, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) --
The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today
gave preliminary consideration to a proposed new governing
regulation to establish an elected UK Staff Senate
that will serve as a liaison between staff members
and the UK administration, students and faculty.
will be on the agenda for official adoption at the
Jan. 22 board meeting.
Senate will include up to 175 elected senators and
will establish its own bylaws and elect officers.
Senate Development Task Force, an advisory group established
by Russ Williams, the current staff representative
on the 20-member UK Board of Trustees, will determine
the process for electing staff senators.
new governing regulation establishing the Staff Senate
authorizes the group to address the UK president or,
through the staff trustee, the UK Board of Trustees,
regarding any matter affecting the staff of the university.
senate with members representing all the university's
colleges and academic departments has existed since
action, the Board of Trustees today renamed Sports
Center Drive on the campus as Jerry Claiborne Way
in honor of the late UK football coach, a native of
Hopkinsville, who coached from 1982-89 and led the
Wildcats to two bowl games. Claiborne lettered three
years in football at UK.
of Trustees named a new recreation center building
adjacent to the Seaton Center in honor of Bernard
"Skeeter" Johnson, a popular UK figure who was generally
recognized as "Mr. Fitness" on the campus. Johnson,
who died in May at 84, was a College of Education
graduate, receiving a bachelor's in 1946 and a master's
degree in 1949. Johnson began his 31-year career at
UK as an instructor in the Department of Health, Physical
Education and Recreation in 1946. He was director
of the UK Campus Recreation Program for 13 years and
in his last years, he lead a popular Gerifitness Program
for older adults in the UK Donovan Scholars Program.
also voted to name the College of Medicine's main
building for William R. Willard, who was the first
dean of the UK College of Medicine and the first vice
president of the UK Chandler Medical Center. The building
will now be known as the William R. Willard Medical
authorized the charge of a $65 per semester support
fee for full-time students at Lexington Community
College to compensate for the increasing enrollment
at the school that has not been adequately financed
by state funds compared with the other public institutions
in Kentucky. Part-time students will pay a fee of
$6 per credit hour.
and pledges totaling $3,930,510 from individuals and
companies were also accepted by the UK Board yesterday,
including a gift and pledge of $80,000 from UK President
Lee. T. Todd, Jr. President Todd's gift will endow
the DataBeam Professorship in Electrical and Computer
Engineering in the College of Engineering. Dr. Todd
was a professor in UK's College of Engineering and
founded the company DataBeam.
and pledges accepted by the board included:
from James P. Gray II of Lexington,
from Philip Morris, Inc., of Richmond, Va.,
from the estate of John H. Clark,
from Scott S. Smith of Atlanta, Ga.,
from Sean S. Smith of Atlanta, Ga.,
from Kenneth E. Nutter and Robert W. Nutter, Beavercreek,
from Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Philadelphia,
from the employees of Lexmark International, Inc.,
from the Northern Kentucky UK Alumni Club,
from Ashford Stud of Versailles, and
from Ann Scott and Ralph E. Mason of Maysville.