Provost Timothy S. Tracy

Timothy S. Tracy became Provost at the University of Kentucky on February 23, 2015. 

He received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, his PhD in clinical pharmacy from Purdue University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical pharmacology at Indiana University. Prior to entering academia, he practiced in community and hospital settings throughout Ohio. Tracy launched his academic career at West Virginia University, where he rose through the ranks to Full Professor. During his time at West Virginia University, he won six college-wide teaching awards and one university-wide teaching award. Tracy then joined the University of Minnesota where he served as Head of the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Director of the Center for Forecasting Drug Response and Director of Clinical and Translational Research Services. In August 2010, he joined the University of Kentucky as Dean of the College of Pharmacy and from May of 2012 until August of 2013, also as the Interim Provost. 

His research and teaching interests deal with pharmacogenetics and their effect on drug metabolism, as well as the larger field of clinical pharmacology. Tracy has published almost 100 scientific manuscripts, more than 15 book chapters and edited two books and has served as a principal and co-investigator on numerous NIH-funded grants.


The Provost is overseeing efforts related to several pressing issues facing the University of Kentucky. Among others, these include:

  • Strengthening our work in undergraduate student retention and graduation;
  • Strengthening our graduate and professional education efforts;
  • Advancing our research enterprise;
  • Fostering with greater urgency an inclusive campus environment that celebrates the multitude of backgrounds, identities, and perspectives;
  • Implementing the UK Strategic Plan