Good Day for Kentucky and Kentuckians

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UK Provost Michael T. Nietzel introduced the three native Kentuckians named to academic/administrative positions. They are:

  • John H. Yopp, a native of Paducah, named associate provost for educational partnerships;
  • Loris S. Gonzalez, a native of Mt. Vernon, Ky., appointed dean of the College of Health Sciences; and
  • Stephen W. Wyatt, a native of Lowes in Graves County, named the first dean of the year-old UK College of Public Health.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2004) -- It was a good day for Kentucky and Kentuckians as the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today appointed three native Kentuckians to high-ranking administrative posts and approved an ambitious new health care strategic plan that will include the eventual replacement of the 44-year-old Albert B. Chandler Medical Center.

The UK HealthCare strategic plan was presented to the board by Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs.

A National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) self-study of the university was also accepted by the board. The study found that UK Athletics is doing a good job conforming with NCAA principles, while also noting a few areas in which improvement is desired. The Center for Academic and Tutorial Services, the academic support unit that serves all university student-athletes, received high praise from student-athletes surveyed as well as the self-study group.

UK Provost Michael T. Nietzel introduced the three native Kentuckians named to academic/administrative positions. They are:

  • John H. Yopp, a native of Paducah, named associate provost for educational partnerships;
  • Loris S. Gonzalez, a native of Mt. Vernon, Ky., appointed dean of the College of Health Sciences; and
  • Stephen W. Wyatt, a native of Lowes in Graves County, named the first dean of the year-old UK College of Public Health.

Nietzel was also a part of the business of the board meeting as members accepted the provost’s pledge of $50,000 to create a Myrle E. and Verle D. Nietzel Visiting Distinguished Faculty Endowment in the Graduate School. The endowment honors the provost’s parents.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. presented a plaque with a gavel to honor the contributions of former board chair Steven S. Reed of Louisville.

In other action, the UK Board:

  • Approved the appointment of David J. Bettez as director of the UK Office of International Programs;
  • Enacted a pilot plan governing the distribution and use of income generated by the UK Center for Manufacturing’s Lean Program, which offers consulting services aimed at increasing production efficiency and profitability to manufacturers. Revenue generated by the program’s non-credit courses, workshops, training sessions, consultations, retainers and honoraria will be used to pay the base salaries of faculty and staff in the program and other expenses incurred by the program;
  • Appointed trustees Mira Ball and Marianne Smith Edge to the University of Kentucky Hospital Board of Directors; and reappointed trustee Frank Shoop to the UK Equine Research Foundation Board of Directors; and appointed trustees Roy Moore and Russ Williams to the UK Mining Engineering Foundation Board of Directors; and Accepted about $1.2 million in gifts and pledges to the university.

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