Auditorium Named for Breathitt

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Room 0102 in Memorial Hall, which honors those from Kentucky who died in World War I, will now be known as the Edward T. (Ned) Breathitt Auditorium.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today approved the naming of an auditorium in Memorial Hall in honor of Edward T. (Ned) Breathitt, a former Kentucky governor and former chair of the UK Board of Trustees.

Room 0102 in Memorial Hall, which honors those from Kentucky who died in World War I, will now be known as the Edward T. (Ned) Breathitt Auditorium.

Breathitt, a native of Hopkinsville, Ky., graduated from UK College of Commerce (now the Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics) in 1948 and from the UK College of Law in 1950. He was governor from 1963 to 1967.

The Board of Trustees also established a new administrative position, vice president for university initiatives/associate provost for multicultural affairs. The position consolidates the areas of vice president for academic outreach and public service, vice president for research and economic development, and associate provost for multicultural and academic affairs.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said the new position will be advertised immediately and he expects to appoint someone by July 1. The consolidation of positions will save the university about $80,000, the president told board members.

During the board meeting, Russ Williams, the staff representative on the Board of Trustees, and faculty representatives Davy Jones and Michael Kennedy, expressed concern over the fiscal year 2004-2005 budget, including a recent announcement that UK faculty and staff can expect a 1 percent pay raise.

In other action, the UK Board of Trustees:

  • Approved the creation of a new College of Public Health;
  • Established a Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments in the College of Engineering;
  • Officially delegated the management responsibilities for the UK Lexington Community College to the Board of Regents of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System;
  • Accepted $1.2 million from the Robert T. McCowan Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust to established the Robert T. and Nyle Y. McCowan Chair in Alzheimer’s Research and to benefit two programs in the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, honoring former chair of the UK Board of Trustees, the late Robert McCowan;
  • Renamed a UK College of Design research fund in memory of John Russell Groves, former architecture professor who died in 2003. The program’s title is the John Russell Groves-Kentucky Housing Corporation Research Fund in Affordable Housing Design.

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