Director, Robinson Scholars
Jeff Spradling became the director of the Robinson Scholars Program in December 2009. At UK, he has also served as research administrative coordinator at the Center for Poverty Research and the assistant director of the Appalachian Center. He also served as the 2013-14 Chair of the UK Staff Senate. He is in his 13th year at UK. Spradling has also worked at Union College, Morehead State University, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. In addition to his administrative duties, he has taught college English and journalism for 22 years. He began his career as a journalist in eastern Kentucky after graduation from Morehead State University. Spradling is from Menifee County. He lives in Jeffersonville with his wife and three daughters. His hobbies are gardening, camping, and thumping on his old Gibson guitar.
“The program is for and about young people in east Kentucky, and I am encouraged by the investment UK is making in our region. A college education made a big difference in my life, and it will make a big difference in the lives of our scholars. It is very gratifying for me to see our scholars learn and grow. I very much believe in the value of family and community, and the scholars are family to me. The community they are creating is a source of great hope for east Kentucky.”