Dr. Eli Capilouto became the 12th President of the University of Kentucky on July 1, 2011.
A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Capilouto previously served as Provost of the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and Dean of the UAB School of Public Health -- a period of remarkable growth and transformation at one of the leading academic and health sciences institutions in the South.
Since his arrival, Dr. Capilouto has intently engaged with University and community stakeholders to renew our founding mission and vision as a public, Flagship, Land Grant and Research University - what he has termed the Kentucky Promise.
This shared covenant calls upon the University of Kentucky to be a shining beacon for the Commonwealth of Kentucky - building a bright future for the people we serve through a comprehensive academic experience that prepares students to compete in a global, 21st century economy; groundbreaking research and discovery that pushes the boundaries of science and improves industry; and outreach through our extension network and critical care medical enterprise to uplift communities and citizens of the Commonwealth.
Critically important to fulfilling this Promise, Dr. Capilouto has led a process to enhance UK's undergraduate experience by increasing institutional investments in merit-based financial aid, including the prestigious Singletary Scholarship; expanding the University Honors Program; and entering into an innovative public/private partnership to revitalize the core of campus and create a modern living/learning community.
Research at the University of Kentucky is a dynamic enterprise encompassing both traditional scholarship and emerging technologies, and UK's research faculty, staff and students are establishing UK as one of the nation's most prolific public research universities. Dr. Capilouto is committed to growing the research enterprise through high-quality partnerships, both domestic and international, and by recruiting top scholars across the world.
Essential to the service mission of the University of Kentucky is the advanced patient care and outreach provided by UK HealthCare. As the flagship academic-medical center in the region, UK serves patients through a network of health care professionals around the Commonwealth and by providing acute medical care at UK Chandler Hospital.
Dr. Capilouto holds several undergraduate and graduate degrees from schools within the University of Alabama system, and a Doctorate in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University. He and his wife, Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto (D.M.D.) a former Dean of the UAB School of Dentistry, have one daughter.