The University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky invites nominations and applications for the position of President. Under the leadership of its current President, Lee T. Todd, Jr., the University of Kentucky is engaged in an ambitious campaign to advance its standing among the Nation's top public research universities. The Commonwealth of Kentucky, as part of higher education reform effort, has mandated that UK become a Top 20 public research institution by 2020.

Dr. Todd has focused the University on innovation and entrepreneurship as a means to improve its future. Further, he has stressed linkages with all levels of education.

Established in 1865, the University has a statewide mission and is the state's principal doctoral degree-granting institution. As a land-grant institution, classified as a Comprehensive Research I University, it offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in agriculture, arts and sciences, business and economics, communications and information studies, dentistry, design, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, social work, and multidisciplinary studies.

Among other areas of interest, the University has approximately 27,800 students currently enrolled in its 16 colleges and the Graduate School on the campus located in Lexington; its annual operating budget is $2.5 billion with a record last year of more than $300 million in research funding and expenditures; it has an on-campus academic health center - with the first phase of a more than $700 million hospital scheduled to open in Spring 2011 -- as well as specialized research centers, and its 22 varsity sports comprise one of the Top 30 athletics programs in the country as recognized by the annual President's Cup rankings.

The President is appointed by the Board of Trustees and has authority and responsibility over the administration of the academic and financial operations of the University as well as fostering excellence in instruction, research, and service.

It is preferred that candidates possess:

  • *Strategic and visionary leadership as evidenced by achievement in education, research, and service;
  • *Superior leadership and management skills for operating a highly complex institution of higher learning that includes 16 colleges and a Graduate School, a growing academic medical center and research enterprise, and a nationally recognized athletics program;
  • *A record of scholarly achievement and understanding of the importance of collaboration and shared governance;
  • *A commitment to the mission of both a public flagship and land-grant institution for the purpose of advancing Kentucky, the nation, and the world;
  • *The ability to provide innovative leadership in areas such as development and fund-raising, team building, and working with a diverse faculty and student body; and
  • *Skills to effectively communicate to both internal and external constituencies the University's mission and goals.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting the University of Kentucky in its search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, materials should be provided by January 28, 2011. Nominations should include the name, position, address, and telephone number of nominee. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate's experiences match the position requirements, a resume, and contact information for at least five references. Submission of materials as Microsoft Word attachments is strongly encouraged.


Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850.650.2277 Fax: 850.650.2272

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Updated November 30, 2010 by Chuck Ham