Short Bio

Dr. Eli Capilouto became the 12th President of the University of Kentucky on July 1, 2011.

Since his arrival, 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 – through an innovative public/private partnership – will add 12 residential facilities across campus; more than 5,700 beds and 202 active learning spaces by 2016.

Additionally, the University is self-financing five capital projects essential to its academic and financial future: A renovated and expanded Gatton College of Business and Economics, a new Academic Science Building, a renovated Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Training Center, a new Student Center and the continuing expansion of Chandler Hospital. Additional campus projects include a new facility for the School of Art and Visual Studies and the College of Law. In total, the University of Kentucky is self-financing more than $1.3 billion in the campus infrastructure.

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 it one of 22 universities with the trifecta of federal research awards: NCI, Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) and an Alzheimer's Disease Center.

Under his leadership, the $3.0 billion flagship university for the Commonwealth of Kentucky has gained significant momentum in fulfilling its multi-faceted mission of teaching, research, service and health care.

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. 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.