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UK Announces Plans for Administration Building

By Kelley Bozeman


photo by George Lewis
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Terry Mobley, UK vice president for development, uses a lectern that dates back to UK's first president to announce a fund-raising effort to restore what will come to be called The Main Building, seen at Mobley's left in architect's renderings.

“The Main Building will house fewer administrators and include classrooms, the UK Visitor’s Center and a large meeting room,” Todd said. “We felt the name change was appropriate because the renovated building will be more in tune with the original use of the building, not just administrative offices”

-- Lee T. Todd Jr., President

Click here for enlarged architectural renderings of the front view and rear view
of the planned restoration.

March 26, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- An $8 million fund-raising endeavor by the University of Kentucky will assist in restoring the school’s fire-damaged Administration Building, school officials announced today.

Officials have dubbed the effort “Reflecting the Past – Illuminating the Future.” The campaign will assist in restoring UK’s oldest campus landmark while bringing the building into the modern era. The building will again be called by its original name – The Main Building.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said the campaign was necessary to raise the additional money needed to complete the restoration coupled with the $7.8 million remaining from the insurance settlement. Total cost to restore the building is roughly $16 million.

“The Main Building will house fewer administrators and include classrooms, the UK Visitor’s Center and a large meeting room,” Todd said. “We felt the name change was appropriate because the renovated building will be more in tune with the original use of the building, not just administrative offices,” Todd said.

Thomas D. Clark, professor emeritus and former department chair in the UK Department of History and Commonwealth Historian Laureate, said he was hired as a UK professor in that building.

“You're not restoring a matter of bricks and mortar. You're restoring the very soul, the very memory, the very sentimentality of the University of Kentucky," Clark said.

“The University of Kentucky has been fortunate in the past to receive support from the private sector for university needs that could only be met through private support. We are confident that this very special need will receive that continued support,” said Terry Mobley, UK’s vice president for development.

Mobley said there are numerous ways people can contribute to the campaign – through both giving and naming opportunities. For more information, contact the UK Development Office at (859) 257-3911 or (800) 875-6272.


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