Dr. Eli Capilouto became the 12th President of the University of Kentucky on July 1, 2011. Under his leadership, the $3.7 billion flagship and land grant research university has gained significant momentum in fulfilling its multi-faceted mission of teaching, research, service and health care.
Dr. Capilouto has led a process to enrich UK’s academic experience by investing in priorities that maintain affordability and access; support the institution’s talented faculty and staff; and revitalize the living, learning and research facilities across campus.
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 $2 billion infrastructure development.
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. Recently, UK's Markey Cancer Center earned National Cancer Institute-designation (NCI); making UK one of 22 universities with the trifecta of federal research awards: NCI, Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) and an Alzheimer's Disease Center.
Essential to the service mission of the University is the advanced patient care 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 state while providing acute, sub-specialty medical care at UK Chandler Hospital.
A native of Alabama, Dr. Capilouto previously served as Provost of the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and Dean of the UAB School of Public Health. He 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.