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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.

This covenant with the Commonwealth calls upon the University of Kentucky to be a guidepost for the state through a multi-faceted mission of teaching, research, service and health care.

To embolden the institution’s enduring legacy, Dr. Capilouto has led a process to enrich UK’s academic 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.

By 2015, ten residential facilities across campus will add nearly 4,600 beds and 175 active learning spaces. Thus far, the approximately $265 million - half of the projected $500 million partnership - will transform the way we house, educate and mentor our students.

In addition to the investment in the residential core, the University is self-financing three capital projects essential to its academic and financial future: A renovated and expanded Gatton College of Business and Economics, a new Academic Science Building, and a renovated Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Training Center.

Research at the University of Kentucky is a dynamic enterprise encompassing both traditional scholarship and emerging technologies. UK’s research faculty, staff and students are establishing UK as one of the nation’s most prolific public research universities in the nation. In 2013, UK’s Markey Cancer Center was designated as a National Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute; placing UK among an elite group of 22 research universities with the triple crown of federal research awards: NCI-designation, the Clinical and Translational Sciences Award and a federally supported Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Dr. Capilouto is committed to enhancing UK’s research enterprise and graduate education programs through high-quality partnerships, both domestic and international, and by recruiting and rewarding 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 while providing acute, sub-specialty 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.

Updated September 9, 2013 by Chuck Ham