UK Human Resources


What You Need to Know: 

The mission of Career Development at the University of Kentucky is to help employees manage and develop their careers, for both their own professional growth and job satisfaction as well as for the success of the University. Career Development services are based on the premise that UK is ‘one great place to work’ precisely because of its many great employees. We value and support individual development and seek to become the employer of choice in our Commonwealth and region. Our goal is to help employees identify, explore and obtain their best ‘fits’ among the many employment opportunities leading to great careers at UK, thereby contributing to the strength and excellence of the University.

Contact Us

phone: (859) 257-9416 fax: (859) 323-4815

HR Training and Development
123/124 Scovell Hall 
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0064

About Our Staff

Diane Kohler

Diane Kohler is the Manager of Career Development. Beginning her employment with UK in 1979, Diane has held several different positions in Student Affairs, Integrated Academic Services and Human Resources, including: staff assistant, academic advisor, Coordinator of Academic Advising for Developmental Studies and as career counselor, Assistant Director, Associate Director and, most recently, Senior Associate Director on the James W. Stuckert Career Center’s Leadership Team. Her 26 year background in career counseling includes assisting alumni, community members, employees and students. In other campus roles, Diane earned certification as a Master Trainer in Performance Evaluation by Development Dimensions International, Inc. and was instrumental in implementing a new performance evaluation system campus-wide. She also designed and managed UK’s first dual career program for accompanying partners of faculty and staff.

Diane believes that organizational development and success can best be achieved through individual employee development and success. She is dedicated to building a program of services that will enable UK staff members to manage their careers and professional growth. With a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling and bachelor’s in English Education from the University of Kentucky, Diane is qualified to use the MBTI and Strong II assessment tools as well as a wide array of other career assessments. As a former Wolverine and Buckeye, Diane came to Kentucky for the horses years ago, but stayed for the wonderful people and opportunities. She is proud to be employed with so many talented and dedicated individuals who are working to help the University of Kentucky reach Top 20 Status by 2020.

Abby Leonard

Staff Support Associate II