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Board of Trustees

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The governance of the University of Kentucky is vested by law in its Board of Trustees. Within the limits set by the state constitution and federal and state laws, the Board of Trustees is the final authority in all matters affecting the institution and exercises jurisdiction over the institution's financial, educational, and other policies and its relation with state and federal governments.

The Board of Trustees delegates authority for executive direction and management of the University’s operations, both academic and fiscal, to the President of the University of Kentucky. As Chief Executive Office of the University, the President is responsible for all official communication with the Board and external agencies. The President provides leadership on all policy, planning, and development functions of the institution. 

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees consists of sixteen members appointed by the Governor, two members of the faculty, one member of the non-teaching personnel, and one member of the student body. The terms of the appointed members are six years. The President of the University attends all meetings of the Board of Trustees, including its executive committee.

KRS 164.170 as amended during the 2004 legislative session authorizes the Board of Trustees to meet at least quarterly each year rather than meeting on specified dates.

Please note that Board of Trustee minutes beginning in 1862 are now available on Archived Minutes. The University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections and Digital Programs, has digitized 61,000+ pages of 1,230 Trustee meeting minutes, complete with accompanying reports and appended items.

To learn more about the UK Board of Trustees or to see a list of its members click here.