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By Ralph Derickson


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Fujio Cho was general manager of Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown from 1986 to 1994. Loretta Lynn has written or sun 74 songs charted as country music hits.

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Jan. 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.

An honorary 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. Young Library.

An honorary 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.

The new board regulation establishing the UK Staff Senate received first reading at the Dec. 11 UK Board of Trustees meeting.

The Staff 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 senators.

A faculty senate with members representing all the university's colleges and academic departments has existed since the 1960s.

The board 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 of Engineering.

Among the 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.

Other gifts and pledges accepted by the UK Board of Trustees are:

-- $150,000 anonymous gift to endow a scholarship benefiting undergraduate or graduate students at UK or the Lexington Community College,

-- $100,493 from Norma Lambert Edwards of Baltimore, Md., for a professorship in mathematics,

-- $55,455 in gifts and pledges to establish and endow the Rast-Holbrook Research and Seminar Fund in the department of geological sciences,

-- $50,000 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,

-- $50,000 from the UK Association of Emeriti Faculty for a graduate fellowship,

-- $50,000 from various donors to establish a Robert E. McNiel Endowed Research Fund in horticulture,

-- $1,000,000 pledge from the James Graham Brown Foundation, Inc. of Louisville for a chair in neuroscience and a professorship in forestry and environmental sciences,

-- $50,000 from the Edith D. Gardner Charitable Foundation, Inc., for a professorship in cancer research,

-- $50,000 in gifts and pledges from Ruth Johnson of Lexington for a Robert L. Johnson Scholarship in medicine, and

-- $50,000 from various persons for a Vernon R. Wiehe Professorship in Family Violence in the College of Social Work.

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