"The campus of the
University of Kentucky is the Commonwealth of Kentucky."
--Lee T. Todd Jr.,
University of Kentucky
2, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) University
of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. launched his administration today by exhorting
UKs faculty and staff to show passion for the university's mission to serve its
students and the state.
asked me if this was the last day of my administration, what would I like to say about my
legacy. What Id like to say is that the
University of Kentucky did more for the state of Kentucky than any state university did in
the country. I could go to sleep with
that, Todd told a gathering of students, faculty and staff on the plaza outside
UKs Patterson Office Tower.
recalled his meetings with students, faculty and staff during his interviews for the UK
presidency in January and since the UK Board of Trustees elected him to the post. As I met all of you and as I met the
students, the passion that I have for education just continued to grow, he said.
we look at our aspiration of moving forward and as we drive toward our top-20 goal,
weve got to create some victories around this state in education. Weve got to create some victories in our
economy. And weve got to create
victories with the children who can see that higher education really is the key to the
future of this state, Todd said.
Todd urged UKs faculty and staff to approach the
universitys goal to become a top-20 public institution with ambitions beyond merely
increasing the amount of federal research dollars. (If the university only
increases research funding), we could fail the state of Kentucky
We do have
a responsibility throughout this state. The
campus of the University of Kentucky is the Commonwealth of Kentucky and we need to take
that into consideration.
UK officials will develop analytical goals measuring federal research dollars, faculty
quality and student quality, he said.
UKs greater success will be measured by a higher purpose list regarding
how it helps Kentucky solve problems in education, health care and economic development,
have an opportunity to change this state, he said.
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