22, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees gave
final approval today to a new governing regulation
establishing an elected UK Staff Senate and approved
honorary doctorates for Toyota executive Fujio Cho
and country music star Loretta Lynn.
doctorate in engineering for Cho, president of Toyota
Motor Corp. who was general manager of Toyota Motor
Manufacturing, U.S.A., in Georgetown from 1986 to
1994, will be presented by UK President Lee T. Todd
Jr. in an 11 a.m. ceremony next Tuesday at the W.T.
doctorate in arts will be presented to Loretta Lynn
at a ceremony during the Society for American Music's
28th annual meeting March 6-10 at UK. A native of
Johnson County, KY., Lynn has written or sung 74 songs
that have been charted as country music hits. Her
autobiography, "Coal Miner's Daughter," which prominently
featured her home community of Butcher Hollow, was
on the New York Times bestseller list for eight weeks
and was made into a major feature film.
board regulation establishing the UK Staff Senate
received first reading at the Dec. 11 UK Board of
Senate will include up to 175 elected senators and
will establish its own bylaws and elect officers.
A Staff Senate Development Task Force established
by Russ Williams, the staff member on the UK Board
of Trustees, will set the process for electing staff
senate with members representing all the university's
colleges and academic departments has existed since
also conferred an "Administrative Staff Officer Emeritus"
title on Charles Thomas Moore who for the past 25
years has been the business officer in the College
gifts and pledges accepted by the board is a pledge
of $500,000 from Lexington philanthropist Lucille
Caudill Little of Lexington -- $300,000 for the existing
Endowed Enrichment Fund for Research in Vocal Studies
in the College of Fine Arts and $200,000 for a Lucille
Caudill Little Research Fund in Opera Studies, both
in the College of Fine Arts.
and pledges accepted by the UK Board of Trustees are:
anonymous gift to endow a scholarship benefiting undergraduate
or graduate students at UK or the Lexington Community
from Norma Lambert Edwards of Baltimore, Md., for
a professorship in mathematics,
in gifts and pledges to establish and endow the Rast-Holbrook
Research and Seminar Fund in the department of geological
from Thomas and Susan Lester of Lexington to create
a Donald and Gertrude Lester professorship in mechanical
engineering. Lester is dean of the UK College of Engineering,
from the UK Association of Emeriti Faculty for a graduate
from various donors to establish a Robert E. McNiel
Endowed Research Fund in horticulture,
pledge from the James Graham Brown Foundation, Inc.
of Louisville for a chair in neuroscience and a professorship
in forestry and environmental sciences,
from the Edith D. Gardner Charitable Foundation, Inc.,
for a professorship in cancer research,
in gifts and pledges from Ruth Johnson of Lexington
for a Robert L. Johnson Scholarship in medicine, and
from various persons for a Vernon R. Wiehe Professorship
in Family Violence in the College of Social Work.