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Moving Forward Together

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 21:06
Wednesday, March 25, 2015  What an exciting time to be a part of the University of Kentucky of family. In the last couple of weeks alone, we've had much to celebrate.  Earlier this month, the state General Assembly and Gov. Steve Beshear demonstrated their unwavering commitment to our vision of addressing Kentucky’s most stubborn health disparities by endorsing funding for construction of a $265 million, multidisciplinary research building at UK. The building, which would be located near UK's bio-pharm and biological biomedical research buildings, will bring together researchers across disciplines, working in teams, to address some of the state’s most intractable issues.  We've also had the opportunity to celebrate a tremendously talented UK alumnus. Reginald Smith Jr. was awarded one of the five winning spots in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, after competing against eight other vocalists in the grand finals concert March 22 at the Metropolitan Opera. Smith is the second UK vocalist to win the prestigious opera competition. And just last week, we announced the establishment of the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The center will use cutting-edge solutions in child nutrition to reduce child food insecurity in states with the highest number of persistently poor rural counties.  I'm honored to celebrate these victories with you as Provost. And I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish-- together-- as we move forward.  As part of those efforts to move forward as an institution, President Capilouto has asked me to work with people across our campus on several significant issues facing our University. 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 a multitude of backgrounds, identities, and perspectives;

·      Further refining and completing our next Strategic Plan;

·      Implementing an institutional financial model; and

·      Selecting deans for the colleges of Dentistry, Design, Medicine, Pharmacy and Public Health.

 We will accomplish these vital objectives by utilizing the tremendous talent and dedication that exists on our campus, and by continuously eliciting feedback and engagement from the UK community.  I look forward to communicating with you regularly, and to tackling these important issues together.  Timothy S. Tracy Provost