President Eli Capilouto

Dr. Eli Capilouto became the 12th President of the University of Kentucky on July 1, 2011. Under his leadership, the $3.4 billion flagship and land grant research university has gained significant momentum in fulfilling its 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, expanding the University Honors Program and Living-Learning Communities, and rebuilding academic and community spaces. Because of his priorities, the University has enrolled 289 National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholars in the last three years – tripling the number of incoming Scholars and putting UK in the Top 10 public institutions enrolling these students.

Under Dr. Capilouto’s leadership, the University of Kentucky is undergoing a significant physical transformation of its academic, research, residential, health care and community spaces. Through partnership, increased philanthropy and effective financial management, UK is self-financing the vast majority of its more than $1.7 billion infrastructure development.

Over the last four years, the University has completed, initiated or authorized construction on: 13 new residence halls; several dining facilities, including the 1,000-seat facility known as “the 90;” a $65 million renovated and expanded Gatton College of Business and Economics supported by donors and private philanthropy; a new $110 Academic Science Building financed, in-part, through a $65 million partnership with UK Athletics; and a $120 million revitalized Commonwealth Stadium funded with Athletics revenue; a renovated and expanded Nutter Training Center financed by philanthropy; a $175 million renovation and expansion of the Student Center; $150 million to continue the fit-out of Chandler Hospital; a new home for the School of Art and Visual Studies; a new $265 million multi-disciplinary health sciences research facility in partnership with the state; and the renewal of the College of Law in partnership with donors and the state. 

Research at the University of Kentucky is a dynamic enterprise encompassing a full spectrum of academic inquiry, including the humanities, social sciences, 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. 

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. In 2013, UK HealthCare was distinguished as a Top Performer by the Joint Commission, the largest medical accreditation body in the nation, and won a Rising Star Award from the University Health System Consortium.

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.

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.