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Committees and Working Groups

More than 100 faculty, staff and students, selected from more than 230 nominations and more than 80 nominators, have been appointed to committees and working groups to help develop the different areas of the Strategic Plan. The committees and working groups are diverse and representative of the campus, with a nearly even 50/50 split of men and women.

The groups are comprised of faculty, staff and students, (50 percent faculty, 36 percent staff, 14 percent students)with excellent representation from the entire campus -- all Colleges and the Libraries.

These teams will collaborate with each other, as well as with the community, through forums and other engagement to inform the plan. Team members will as ambassadors to the community, sharing information and gathering feedback throughout the process.

Steering Committee

  • Chairs:
    • Chris Riordan
      Provost

      Dr. Christine Riordan became Provost of the University of Kentucky in July 2013. In this role, she oversees the academic integrity and operations of the UK, which has more than 29,000 students, 19,000 full and part-time employees and a budget of $2.7 billion.

      In consultation with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and trustees, Dr. Riordan is facilitating the development and implementation of UK’s strategic plan and initiatives. Dr. Riordan is also responsible for supporting and advancing academic programs, teaching and scholarship at UK. This purview includes 16 colleges, an extensive library system, graduate education, enrollment management, information technology, student support services and institutional effectiveness. UK is one of a small number of universities in the country that have the full range of liberal arts, professional and medical, and health colleges on one campus.

    Members:
    • Kimberly Anderson
      Associate Dean of Administration and Academic Affairs, College of Engineering

      As Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, I have a sincere interest in UK's undergraduate education. Working Group #1, Creating a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community fits well with my interests and my goals as Associate Dean.

    • Rodney Andrews
      Director, Center for Applied Energy Research. Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

      I am involved in the strategic planning process as I believe in land-grant mission of the university. My focus has been on the research and service areas of that mission, and I believe UK can do so much more for the people we serve if we prioritize and emphasize the strengths of the university. Strengths across the university, and across the state.

    • David Blackwell
      Dean

      As dean of a college with joint professional programs with a number of other colleges (e.g., JD-MBA, PharmD-MBA, etc.) and with a strong doctoral program, I believe I can provide insight into how to improve professional and graduate programs at UK. I have also had long experience in working on strategic plans in higher education and seeing first hand how good strategic plans drive resource allocations. I look forward to helping advance UK through this process.

    • Eli Capilouto
      President

      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 -- a period of remarkable growth and transformation at one of the leading academic and health sciences institutions in the South.

      Since his arrival, Dr. Capilouto has intently engaged with university and community stakeholders to renew our founding mission and vision as a public, Flagship, Land Grant and Research University.

    • Lisa Cassis
      Professor and Chair

      I have been on faculty at the University of Kentucky for 25 years. During this time, I have been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research related to the renin-angiotensin system in metabolic and vascular diseases. I have also served in the capacity as Director of several training programs that were funded by the NIH, including an institutional T32 Training Grant on Nutrition and Oxidative Stress (in its third funding cycle for training predoctoral graduate students), and a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence on Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases (in its second funding cycle for mentoring junior faculty and establishing research cores). I have served in peer review for the NIH as a member of regular study section, and as a member of the College of NIH Peer Reviewers. Finally, I have served as Chair and/or Director of two different Departments/Centers at UK, one of which focused on multidisciplinary research. These experiences have been invaluable in facilitating my understanding of team-based approaches to research, with an emphasis on biomedical research. I am committed to furthering research at UK.

    • Jeff Clymer
      Professor and Department of English Chairperson

      I hold a PhD from Duke University and am currently Professor and Chair of the University of Kentucky's English Department. I have published widely on nineteenth-century American literature, with a special emphasis on the relationship between literary works and the law. Formulating the new strategic plan offers a key moment to decisively leverage our commitments and our strengths for the collective good of the institution and the Commonwealth over the next several years.

    • Jimmy Henning
      Associate Dean for Extension, Director of UK Cooperative Extension

      I am the leader of the outreach and engagement effort of the UK College of Agriculture, with efforts across youth, families, farms and communities to improve the quality of life for all the citizens of Kentucky. I am deeply committed to the land grant mission and also understand the dynamics of trust building as well as developing a sustainable system of engagement. I believe that the mission of engagement is broader than the traditional role played within the College of Agriculture but requires a commitment and a vision of support and engagement across the University that is underdeveloped, under resourced. I am involved on the strategic planning process for many reasons, but primarily because I am commited to the value of planning as a precursor to success, and to the mission of outreach and engagement.

    • Jane Jensen
      Associate Professor

      I am an anthropologist who studies post-secondary aspirations and achievement. Over the past 16 years I've participated in a number of undergraduate initiatives including serving as the Faculty Coordinator for First Year Experience 2001-2004 during which time I helped establish Academic Enhancement in the Study and worked with the University Senate to refine academic policies regarding student progress to degree. I have also served on multiple committees involved in revising general education at UK and now serve as faculty of record for the Honors Program. I believe creating a thoughtful vision for the future of UK undergraduate education requires a careful review of who we are as a community both on campus and across the commonwealth. We need to ask what this means to us as a national university. We have an opportunity to design a plan that will create opportunities for Kentucky students as well as attract high quality students from across the country.

    • Mike Karpf
      Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

      Michael Karpf received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  After an internship in Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he served as a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Immunology at the National Institutes of Health.  He returned to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his medical residency, fellowship in Hematology and Oncology and a Chief Residency in Internal Medicine.  In 1978, he went to the Miami Veteran Administration Hospital to start a Division of General Internal Medicine.

       

      In 1979, he was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh to develop a Division of General Medicine.  In 1985, he assumed the Falk Chair in General Medicine and became Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine.  In 1994, Dr. Karpf went to the Allegheny Health Systems as Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Allegheny General Hospital and Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the Allegheny Integrated Health Group.  In 1995, Dr. Karpf was recruited to UCLA as Vice Provost for Hospital Systems.  There he integrated the UCLA Medical Center, the Santa Monica /UCLA Medical Center and the Neuropsychiatric Hospital into one corporate entity. 

       

      In October 2003, he was recruited to the University of Kentucky as the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs to integrate the clinical services.   He is responsible for all clinical operations across the university hospital, medical center (including all schools and colleges), and practice organizations (Kentucky Medical Services Foundation and University Physicians Group Council).  He took the academic medical center through coordinated strategic, financial and academic planning.  Since then the hospital system has almost doubled its annual discharges and tripled its operating budget.  As part of a comprehensive facilities plan, the first phase of the replacement of Chandler Hospital – a 590 million dollar construction project – totally internally financed - has been completed.  The College of Medicine has expanded and extended its research portfolio and has successfully competed for the CTSA grant and the Cancer Center hopes to achieve NCI designation in the near future.

    • Sharon Lock
      Interim Associate Dean for Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Studies

      I have been on the faculty in the College of Nursing since 1997. I am the Interim Associate Dean for MSN and DNP Studies and also coordinate the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. In addition to my responsibilities in the College of Nursing, I practice a half day a week as a Family Nurse Practitioner at UK's Center for the Advancement of Women's Health. I'm excited to participate in the strategic planning process for the University. I look forward to working with faculty and staff to set priorities for the future of the University and to develop realistic goals and objectives faculty and staff can buy into. We know our resources will be limited so we need to be able to develop innovative ways to meet our goals and objectives given the resources we have.

    • Angie Martin
      Chief Budget Officer

    • Eric Monday
      Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration

      Eric N. Monday is the University of Kentucky’s executive vice president for finance and administration, a position he has held since January 2013. In that capacity, he oversees some 2,500 employees, including budget and treasury, facilities, human resources and risk management, among other duties. Previously, he was vice chancellor for finance and administrative services and chief financial officer at Louisiana State University. Monday has more than 15 years of higher education experience, holding a number of critical positions at LSU, including stints helping lead emergency operations, student life and student services at various points in his career. In that position, Monday oversaw all of LSU's finance and administrative services, including budget and planning, human resources, accounting, police, auxiliary services, procurement & property management, among other duties.

      Monday has his bachelor's degree in accounting and master's degree in public administration from LSU and is pursuing a doctorate there in human resource education and workforce development.

    • Randa Remer
      Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

      Currently, I serve as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Health Sciences. In this position, I view my main purpose as creating a positive learning environment for students and faculty. I am also the co-chair of the Work-Life Childcare Sub-committee. The accomplishments of this committee have positively impacted the work-life environment for staff and faculty by improving services available for their children and family members.

      As a graduate of the Humanity Academy, I feel it is my responsibility to positively influence the environment in which I work and live, so all individuals feel valued as part of our community. A central theme in my professional endeavors has been to educate people about diversity and the effects of privilege and oppression on people's lives. The 'I Am Diversity Movement' is a specific initiative with which I live out that responsibility.

      In order to function effectively as professionals, we must realize the connectivity of our personal and professional lives. I am involved in the Strategic Planning process for 'Creating a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff' to ensure members of the University community can perform at their highest levels knowing that everyone's voice is appreciated and respected.

    • Bill Swinford

      Bill Swinford has served as President Eli Capilouto’s Chief of Staff since the President’s arrival in July 2011. Bill also is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, teaching courses in “Constitutional Law” and “Civil Liberties”. A native of Cynthiana, Kentucky, he earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University. He was a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond (Virginia) before returning to Kentucky in 1999 to work for Gordon Davies at the Council on Postsecondary Education. He served in several capacities at the Council, including Chief of Staff. Bill returned to UK in 2004 to serve as Director of Policy Analysis and then Assistant Vice President in the University Budget Office prior to being appointed Chief of Staff.

    • Bill Thro
      General Counsel

      William E. Thro has been General Counsel at the University of Kentucky since October, 2012. more than 20 years of experience in higher education. Most recently, he served as University Counsel at Christopher Newport University, a growing liberal arts institution in Newport News, Va. Previously, Thro served as Solicitor General for three Attorneys General in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In that position, he was a policy advisor to the Attorney General and the top litigator in arguing before federal and state courts. At Christopher Newport, where Thro has served two stints as that institution's top lawyer, he has helped the university through a period of significant transformation as it went from an open admissions commuter school to a selective liberal arts university.

      During that time, the university has grown from 300 residential students in a single facility to more than 3,500 residential students in numerous residence halls and apartment complexes. The university has added more than 100 faculty and undertaken $1 billion worth of new construction. Thro also served as Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications, including several peer-reviewed articles, has presented more than 50 times at national and international conferences and has served on several editorial boards. Thro is President-Elect of the Education Law Association and has been involved in a number of national and state legal and community organizations.

      Thro is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hanover College and received a Master of Arts with Honors from the University of Melbourne in Australia. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. Thro is married to the Rev. Julie U. Thro, a Presbyterian minister, and has three children.

    • Michael Tick
      Dean of the College of Fine Arts

      As the Dean of the College of Fine Arts, I am committed to strategic planning as we articulate a renewed vision for the University of Kentucky. Throughout this process we will strengthen our commitment to academic and artistic experiences that will enrich student learning and training, where education can flourish and student talents can be fully utilized.

Integration Committee

  • Chairs:
    • Chris Riordan
      Provost

      Dr. Christine Riordan became Provost of the University of Kentucky in July 2013. In this role, she oversees the academic integrity and operations of the UK, which has more than 29,000 students, 19,000 full and part-time employees and a budget of $2.7 billion.

      In consultation with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and trustees, Dr. Riordan is facilitating the development and implementation of UK’s strategic plan and initiatives. Dr. Riordan is also responsible for supporting and advancing academic programs, teaching and scholarship at UK. This purview includes 16 colleges, an extensive library system, graduate education, enrollment management, information technology, student support services and institutional effectiveness. UK is one of a small number of universities in the country that have the full range of liberal arts, professional and medical, and health colleges on one campus.

    Members:
    • Becky Farthing
      Strategic Planning & Financial Analyst

    • Walter Ferrier
      Gatton Endowed Associate Professor of Management

      I teach and conduct research in strategic management and strategic planning. This, coupled with the fact that I am a Kentucky native and UK alum, gives me great motivation to assist in the effort to improve and move the University forward.

    • Vince Kellen
      Senior Vice Provost for University Analytics & Technologies

Communications Committee

  • Chairs:
    • Jay Blanton
      Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing

      I am excited to be part of this process at such a critical point in the history of our institution. I look forward to being part of a great team of UK faculty, students and staff who will be engaged in the process of communicating with the campus about the strategic plan, its importance, and the future of the university that is so essential to the future of the Commonwealth.

    Members:
    • Clayton Bailey
      Economics Undergraduate

      I am a junior studying Economics and International Business. I am also the Director of Communications for Student Government, a tour guide for the Visitor Center, and a member of several student organizations and academic co-curricular programs. I hope to help make the Strategic Plan and its implications accessible to the student body.

    • Kelley Bozeman
      Director of Marketing

    • Sarah Geegan
      Information Specialist

    • Ryan Hargrove
      Assistant Professor

    • Amy Jones-Timoney
      Senior Information Specialist

    • Ashley McIntyre
      Information Specialist

    • Dave Melanson
      External Affairs Manager, College of Pharmacy

    • DeWayne Peevy
      Deputy Director of Athletics

      DeWayne Peevy is in his sixth year at the University of Kentucky and his first as the deputy director of athletics.

      Peevy, who joined UK in August 2008, plays a prominent role in the day-to-day administration of Kentucky’s 22-sport intercollegiate athletics program, assisting UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart with the direction of the department. Peevy also oversees the men’s basketball program and the K Fund development office.

      Upon his hiring, Peevy pioneered a 22-sport wide UK blog, an innovative and rare addition to the media relations department, and he oversaw the award-winning Kentucky sports publication department from 2008 until his recent promotion to Deputy Athletics Director.

      The Birmingham, Ala., native also served on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four Media Coordination Committee through the 2013 NCAA Championship and he previously served as the sports information director representative on the board of the United States Basketball Writers Association.

      Peevy came to UK after spending eight years at the Southeastern Conference. He was responsible for the day-to-day publicity of SEC men’s basketball. A graduate of the University of Montevallo, Peevy served as the media director of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament from 2004-08.

      Prior to his time at the SEC, Peevy spent nearly three years at his alma mater where he oversaw and handled all media and promotional operations for all nine varsity sports. He received six national publication awards from the College Sports Information Directors of America at Montevallo.

      Peevy also served as the assistant information director at the Gulf South Conference from September 1996 to October 2007.

      Peevy received his bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Montevallo in 1996.

      He and his wife, Allison, have two children, Kaitlyn, 13, and Braden, 6.

    • Michelle Sparks
      Director of Communications, Gatton College of Business and Economics

Goal # 1: Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community

  • UK aspires to be a premier undergraduate residential campus where students engage in a transformational experience of self-discovery and learning. To continue the focus on revitalizing our undergraduate students’ experience, we must redefine aggressively, but intentionally, undergraduate education using innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to create a distinctive, premier and affordable learning experience. We will focus on integrated and interdisciplinary learning as well as engagement in high impact teaching and learning, while striving to achieve national excellence in student support to graduation. 

    The "see tomorrow." team is actively seeking feedback and input regarding the Strategic Plan. Throughout the months of April and May, portions of the plan will be released for campus-wide review.  Please review the latest draft of Goal #1 and provide your thoughts using the feedback form at the bottom of this page.

     

    Kimberly Anderson, co-chair

    Kimberly Anderson is the Associate Dean of Administration and Academic Affairs, College of Engineering. She serves as co-chair of Group #1: Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Community. 

     

     

    Jane Jensen, co-chair

    Jane Jensen is an associate professor and EdD cohort director in the UK College of Education. She serves as co-chair of Group #1: Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Community.

     

    Click here to view a video of the Town Hall focusing on Goal #1: Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community

    *This video cuts off at the 1:02:21 mark; conversations beyond that point are unfortunately not included.

     

    Chairs:
    • Kimberly Anderson
      Associate Dean of Administration and Academic Affairs, College of Engineering

      As Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, I have a sincere interest in UK's undergraduate education. Working Group #1, Creating a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community fits well with my interests and my goals as Associate Dean.

    • Jane Jensen
      Associate Professor

      I am an anthropologist who studies post-secondary aspirations and achievement. Over the past 16 years I've participated in a number of undergraduate initiatives including serving as the Faculty Coordinator for First Year Experience 2001-2004 during which time I helped establish Academic Enhancement in the Study and worked with the University Senate to refine academic policies regarding student progress to degree. I have also served on multiple committees involved in revising general education at UK and now serve as faculty of record for the Honors Program. I believe creating a thoughtful vision for the future of UK undergraduate education requires a careful review of who we are as a community both on campus and across the commonwealth. We need to ask what this means to us as a national university. We have an opportunity to design a plan that will create opportunities for Kentucky students as well as attract high quality students from across the country.

    Members:
    • Patricia V. Burkhart
      Professor and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, UK College of Nursing

      I have been involved in higher education for many years and at different universities. As a nurse educator, I have had the privilege of shaping the next generation of high quality nursing professionals and leaders for the ever changing landscape of healthcare. As a public land grant university, the University of Kentucky is committed to improving the lives of Kentuckians by fostering excellence in education, research and service. It is a privilege to serve on the strategic planning committee, poised to develop and sustain a vibrant undergraduate program that is recognized nationally and internationally.

    • Micaha Dean
      Student; Integrated Strategic Communication and Computer Science, Undergraduate

      My name is Micaha Dean and I am currently an undergraduate junior studying Integrated Strategic Communication and Computer Science. Throughout my time at the University of Kentucky, I have had the opportunity to serve in several distinct leadership roles which continue to broaden, both internally and externally, my view of ways to improve campus. During my involvement within the strategic planning process, I look forward to working with a team which shares the hope of a bright UK future. By being a student voice, I hope to share the thoughts of my peers, as well as my own, to shape the future of the University of Kentucky for a long-lasting impact. With excitement, we will plan today to See Tomorrow--a Kentucky Promise in the mission to always "see blue."

    • Rebecca Dutch
      Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and Associate Dean for Biomedical Education, College of Medicine

      I have been a UK faculty member since 2000. Part of my focus is on biomedical research, and my group studies the molecular details of infection by emerging viruses. I am also very involved in educational efforts on campus - I've mentored many graduate and undergraduate researchers, taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, am on the Honors program Faculty of Record, and now direct graduate and undergraduate educational efforts for the College of Medicine. I am very enthusiastic about the undergraduate mission at UK, and look forward to helping make our undergraduate learning community even better for current and future students.

    • Nelson Fields
      Associate Professorin the Department of Theatre

      I was hired by the University of Kentucky in 1996 and have enjoyed serving the university, my college and unit on a variety of committees including the university's Undergraduate and Graduate Councils. Committee service beyond the college-level has always been of particular importance to me. Being a member of the university's strategic planning process is, I believe, a great honor and one that I relish. As a faculty member in the College of Fine Arts, I teach or have taught Costume Design and Construction, Script Analysis, and Senior Capstone courses in the Department of Theatre. Additionally, I am teaching an introductory theatre design course I developed for the UK Core program. I am also the principle costume designer for productions in the UK Theatre program. I have been a working theatre professional since 1979 in costume design and construction and am a proud member of United Scenic Artists, the union for theatrical stage designers. I have been employed by significant theatre companies across the country and currently contracted to tailor menswear for an upcoming production with Arizona Opera.

    • Chris Franklin
      Assistant Director, Security & Operations

      I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky. While I attended UK I had several positive experiences that shaped who I am today including several student employment positions in Housing and Residence Life. These employment experiences as a student became the strong foundation on which I have built my career choices. I was able to utilize the theories, skills, and knowledge that was being presented to me in the classroom to the work I was doing, therefore, providing an invaluable link between the real world and the classroom. I have worked at the University of Kentucky Student Center for the last 14 years. In my position my responsibilities include coordinating our student employment program, and our assessment efforts in regard to student learning and the University's Strategic Plan. I see it as a critical part of my position to provide students the same rich learning opportunities that so many UK staff provided to me when I attended UK. It is also important to me to ensure that co-curricular 'outside the classroom' learning is included in the University's next strategic plan.

    • Larry Grabau
      Associate Dean for Instruction

      My role as Associate Dean involves working with undergraduate issues here in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. We are trying to find effective ways to revitalize our 18 undergraduate programs, recruit students to areas of particular need (as evidenced by student interest and employment opportunities), and retain recruited students within the College and University. Having worked hard to be a good University citizen over my instruction-oriented career, I am pleased to be involved in this priority-setting process at this time.

    • Jessica Hinkle
      Management (Undergrad)

      I am currently a Junior with a major in Management. I am also the Executive Director of CATalyst, an organization on campus that promotes diversity. I am involved with the strategic planning process because I am all about seeing change on our campus. I think that it is a wonderful opportunities for the administration here to here from a group of dedicated and motivated students about how to make this amazing university even better. Diversity is as passion of mine and I always look forward to promoting it in every aspect of my life and others.

    • Nancy Johnson
      Associate Professor & Gatton College Executive Director of International Affairs

      As a member of the Department of Management faculty in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at University of Kentucky for over 25 years, I have viewed undergraduate education from a number of vantage points including: teaching; serving on Undergraduate Council and on UK Core committees; operating as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the Gatton College; and recently through involvement in international education. As a member of Working Group # 1: Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community, I hope to use this opportunity to reflect upon and integrate these experiences in order to help to create a plan designed to invigorate and move undergraduate education forward.

    • Pete Mirabito
      Associate Professor, Department of Biology

      I am an outspoken education reformist and I spend the majority of my time working on ways to improve the educational product we offer Biology majors. My colleagues recognize this and I expect that that resulted in my nomination to this committee. I bring some experience from my work with national leaders in science education reform to the table and I hope that that experience and my passion for education allows me to contribute to the development of plans that enhance the educational experience of UK's undergraduate students.

    • Dan Nwosu
      Student Undergrad Junior

      Hello my name is Dan was and I am a double major in biology and Chemistry here at the University, i also RA in the new Central dorms. The main reason why i joined this committee is to be able to pave the way for future student to be successful here at the University of Kentucky. Often time student especially those consider to be in the minority struggle to find the resources and support system need to be successful, and there fore some may struggle on their academic journey, or just drop out all together. I hope that this committee achieves it goal of insured that these student stay and get their degrees and are support, and that they too will be proud to be a wildcat.

    • Roshan Palli
      Mathematical Economics, Junior

      I serve as Student Body President and am involved in the process to represent the student voice. I will strive to provide the student perspective on all issues discussed and advocate for changes that the student body feels are necessary.

    • Joe Rey-Barreau
      Associate Professor

      I am an associate professor in the School of Interiors/College of Design, and have been at U. of K. since 1980. My research focus is on lighting and its impact on human behavior. A major focus of my teaching has been at the undergraduate level, with specific emphasis on the design studio. Design studio experiences are based on the framework of design thinking, a method of problem-solving that has potential applications in all areas of life and is now being taught in many schools of business and education. My interest in the strategic planning process is based on the possibilities that exist for using design thinking to enhance undergraduate learning. The UK core is focused on the objective of helping individuals to 'effectively put into action their acquired knowledge, to provide the bases for critical thinking and problem solving, and to develop life-long learning habits.' The design thinking process, and its focus on project-based problem-solving, is an ideal tool for helping students attain these higher level critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I also hope to contribute to the general enhancement of the undergraduate experience and thereby increasing student retention.

    • Jeff Spradling
      Director of Robinson Scholars Program

      I have worked in higher education since 1992 as an English teacher and administrator. I got into higher education because I enjoy working with young people, and I have stayed because the work is very rewarding. I am involved in the strategic planning process because the University needs conscientious, hard working people to lead us foward. I also believe it is important to work from a plan. Success is typically not achieved by random actions. Good outcomes require good planning and the will to stay focused on our product and clients. I also believe that my involvement is a matter of service to the cause. I take great pride in working for UK, and I believe it is my duty to serve where I am needed.

    • David Timoney
      Associate Registrar for Communications & Publications

      For the past year and a half, David has served as the Associate Registrar for Communications and Publications in Enrollment Management. In his current role, he oversees the academic and event scheduling process of all centrally-scheduled classrooms at the University of Kentucky, as well as the creation of the University Course Catalog and Bulletin. As a membered of the Strategic Planning Committee, David hopes to use his experience in his current position to help create a vibrant undergraduate learning community at the University of Kentucky. His background knowledge of course management and classroom scheduling will help give insight into key retention, graduation, and on-campus experience priorities for the committee.

      David received his B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and his M.B.A. from Bellarmine University.

    • Benjamin Withers
      Director of Honors, Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

      I'm involved in the strategic planning because I understand that the campus-wide conversations that the process creates is an important way that we share information, locate common ground, and develop the personal relationships needed to move an aorganizaiton like UK forward. The process is just as important as the final result.

Goal # 2: Stabilize and Strengthen our Portfolio of Graduate and Professional Programs

  • We will renew our focus on graduate and professional education, by developing sustainable high-quality graduate and professional degree programs both within and across disciplines, recognizing that the complex challenges confronting Kentucky and the world will require collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches.

    The "see tomorrow." team is actively seeking feedback and input regarding the Strategic Plan. Throughout the months of April and May, portions of the plan will be released for campus-wide review.  Please review the latest draft of Goal #1 and provide your thoughts using the feedback form at the bottom of this page.

     

    David Blackwell, co-chair

    David Blackwell is the Dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics. He serves as co-chair of Group #2: Stabilize and Strengthen our Portfolio of Graduate and Professional Programs.

     

     

     

     

    Sharon Lock, co-chair

    Sharon Lock is Interim Associate Dean for Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Studies. She serves as co-chair of Group #2: Stabilize and Strengthen our Portfolio of Graduate and Professional Programs.

     

     

     

    Click here to view a video of the Town Hall focusing on Goal #2: Stabilize and Strengthen our Portfolio of Graduate and Professional Programs.

    Chairs:
    • David Blackwell
      Dean

      As dean of a college with joint professional programs with a number of other colleges (e.g., JD-MBA, PharmD-MBA, etc.) and with a strong doctoral program, I believe I can provide insight into how to improve professional and graduate programs at UK. I have also had long experience in working on strategic plans in higher education and seeing first hand how good strategic plans drive resource allocations. I look forward to helping advance UK through this process.

    • Sharon Lock
      Interim Associate Dean for Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Studies

      I have been on the faculty in the College of Nursing since 1997. I am the Interim Associate Dean for MSN and DNP Studies and also coordinate the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. In addition to my responsibilities in the College of Nursing, I practice a half day a week as a Family Nurse Practitioner at UK's Center for the Advancement of Women's Health. I'm excited to participate in the strategic planning process for the University. I look forward to working with faculty and staff to set priorities for the future of the University and to develop realistic goals and objectives faculty and staff can buy into. We know our resources will be limited so we need to be able to develop innovative ways to meet our goals and objectives given the resources we have.

    Members:
    • Cynthia (Cindy) Beeman
      Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Dentistry

      I hail from Bethesda, Maryland, but have lived in Lexington, Kentucky longer than any other place. I earned a B.A. in Biology from Mount Holyoke College, a D.D.S. from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Connecticut Health Center. I began my academic career at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1989 and served as Director of Orthodontics Graduate Program Research until 2007. I teach doctoral and postgraduate orthodontics, and enjoy mentoring undergraduate pre-dental student research. In addition to conducting research, teaching and providing oversight to the College's academic program, I provide clinical orthodontic care to patients in the faculty intramural practice. As a member of the administrative leadership at the College of Dentistry, I have been involved in the development and assessment of several strategic plans.
      It is one thing to have great vision for the future, and another to transform that vision into reality. Strategic planning provides a path, sense of direction, and assessment of successes as we meet our Mission and achieve our Vision, and I am honored to be a part of this process.

    • David Berry
      Professor of Psychology

      I have served as DGS in Psychology for 12 years and am deeply committed to Graduate Training.

    • W. Jared Black
      Graduate Assistant, Student Organizational Programs Doctoral Student, Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation (Higher Education)

      W. Jared Black is a higher education professional whose life mission is "to help college students discover their purpose." He has served in several student affairs roles, including positions in Student Involvement, Campus Activities, Residence Life, Greek Life, and Athletics. He has also taught university courses on career exploration and choosing a major.

      Jared holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Belmont University and a Master's degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation (Higher Education) from the University of Kentucky. Jared's research interests include college student development, choosing a major, and religion/spirituality in higher education. Jared and his wife Natalie live in Lexington, Kentucky with their two sons.

      As a higher education researcher and practitioner, Jared is honored to serve in the strategic planning process for the University of Kentucky. Specifically, Jared is excited in helping the University of Kentucky advance its graduate and professional programs to a level that is among the best in the world.

    • Gilson Capilouto
      Associate Professor

      I am an associate professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky and have been involved in academia and graduate education for over twenty years. My focus has been in the preparation of speech-language pathologists and special educators as well as a focus on interprofessional education. I am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to UK's Strategic Plan for high-quality graduate and professional education.

      The global and national challenges we face are complex, and to address them we need individuals with advanced knowledge and skills. Graduate and professional education at the University of Kentucky must continue to provide the scaffold for students who have the initiative and talent to be successful, so they can contribute to the good of the Commonwealth, the nation and the world. High quality graduate and professional education should provide a highly qualified workforce comprised of individuals committed to leadership and social action, innovation and discovery. To accomplish this, faculty need access to the educational and technological resources necessary for today's learners, as well as the time to interact with junior and senior faculty who are master teachers.

    • Patsy Carruthers
      Director, Academic Technology Group

      I serve on the senior management team for Advanced Planning, Analytics and Technologies, specifically as Director of the Academic Technology Group. I have worked in communications, education and technology for more than 25 years, including almost seven years with the University of Kentucky in academic technology support and services. A former journalist and high school English teacher, I also spent 10 years working for Cincinnati's public television station, directing the development of content and educational technology. I hold a bachelor's degree in journalism and English, and a Master of Arts in Education. I am involved in the strategic planning process because, as a native Kentuckian, I believe in the strength of our flagship university and its capacity to serve the Commonwealth as a vibrant learning community now and into the future.

    • Eli Edwards
      Student - Graduate - Master of Arts in Secondary Education with Initial Certification

      Eli Edwards is a first year graduate student pursuing his Master of Arts in Secondary Education with Initial Certification. Eli is originally from Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky in 2013 with a BA in Secondary English Education and a BA in English and Linguistics. He received Departmental Honors in both English and Linguistics. He currently serves as the Student Government Chief of Staff, Student Fee Committee Chair, and as a member of Alpha Phi Omega and the Graduate Council. In his spare time, Eli enjoys reading, writing, participating in community service, and spending time with his niece and nephew. Eli is excited to serve on a 'see tomorrow' planning committee and looks forward to helping advance graduate and professional programs at UK.

    • Douglas Michael
      Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

      There is so little time in the daily life of a faculty member or administrator to take stock of the path we are on and where it does or should lead. I hope this is a great opportunity to do that. This is a great institution with virtually unlimited potential if it is guided by sound plans and principles.

    • Kim Nixon
      Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

      I am a neuroscientist interested in discovering novel treatment approaches for alcoholism and specifically alcoholic brain damage. Depsite having a Ph.D. in Psychology, my academic home is in the College of Pharmacy, the #5 college of pharmacy in the U.S. Therefore, I teach the introductory Physiology course to 140 first year pharmacy students (professional students) and teach/mentor graduate students. I am involved with the strategic planning process, honestly, because I was asked. I can only assume I was asked because UK has allowed me to become that true triple threat and I have become such a cheerleader for UK and its "pockets of excellence" which rival any of top institutions across the nation. But, we need to be more than mere pockets and hopefully an aggressive but achievable strategic plan can help us get there.

    • Robert Odom
      Student

    • David Pienowski
      Professor, College of Engineering

    • David Sogin
      Professor of Music Education & Director of Graduate Studies

      I have been teaching for over thirty- three years and have been fortunate to be at UK for the past twenty-seven years. I have had the privilege of working with many wonderful, bright and talented graduate and undergraduate music students. Over the years, I have also had the great opportunity to work collaboratively with dedicated colleagues in both creative performances and fundamental research. Currently, I serve as the Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Music. The School of Music is rich with a variety of unique research opportunities in creative performance as well as best practice in music education and music therapy. As the University of Kentucky looks towards the future I thought it would be important to represent the School of Music and the College of Fine Arts on such an important strategic planning committee.

    • Lisa Tannock
      Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Molecular medicine

      I am a physician-scientist and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Molecular Medicine and Associate Director of the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center. I conduct basic and clinical research into diabetes complications, see patients with endocrine issues, and teach in Medical School and graduate medical education. I am involved in the strategic planning process as I am committed to making UK an even better place for students, staff and faculty.

    • Eugenia Toma
      Wendell H. Ford Professor of Public Policy

      I have been involved in graduate education for my entire career at the University of Kentucky. I have served as director of graduate studies for the Martin School's Ph.D. in public policy and administration multiple times and have directed17 dissertations and served on both master's and Ph.D. advisory committees for over 50 students.

    • Shari Veil
      Associate Professor

      I am an associate professor and director of advising and student success in the Department of Communication where I oversee the recruitment, advisement, and retention of 400+ majors. I am also the Director of the Risk Sciences Division in the College of Communication and Information for which I developed a graduate certificate that can be completed independently or concurrently with a graduate degree. I teach regularly in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in communication, and I believe undergraduate, professional, and graduate degrees serve very different purposes and should be considered separately for the mutual benefit of the students and the academic units supporting and educating them.

    • Heather Yonutas
      Graduate Student

      I am a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology within the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC). I started at the University of Kentucky through the Integrated Biomedical Science (IBS) program during the fall of 2010. Once my classwork and my qualifying exams were completed, I began to get more involved in activities outside of my class and lab work. Since then, I have held, or am currently holding, positions as the 2012-2013 Graduate Student Representative for the Blue Grass Society of Neuroscience (BGSfN), the Graduate Student Representative for the Anatomy and Neurobiology student body and an active member in the University of Kentucky's Graduate Student Congress (GSC). I am now the 2013-2014 President of GSC and feel that these experiences give me a unique perspective on graduate student education. As a member of the SeeTomorrow Planning Committee, I will bring a well-informed student's perspective in order to help identify strategic priorities and key actions items needed to advance the graduate and professional education portfolio at the University of Kentucky.

Goal # 3: Cultivate a Robust Research and Creative Environment

  • As the Commonwealth’s flagship, land-grant, research university, UK must dedicate itself to its core research mission: to produce research and creative work that makes a difference in the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth.  UK must pursue an overarching research mission of supplying applied and translational solutions to the state, nation, and world.  Doing so will require a dedication to setting high performance expectations for our faculty and staff, a renewed commitment to significant investments in infrastructure, the retention and hiring of world-class researchers, and the recruitment of top-quality graduate students.  Faculty and staff across the institution should cultivate an environment where students participate in research as part of the higher education experience.

    The "see tomorrow." team is actively seeking feedback and input regarding the Strategic Plan. Throughout the months of April and May, portions of the plan will be released for campus-wide review.  Please review the latest draft of Goal #3 and provide your thoughts using the feedback form at the bottom of this page. 

     

    Lisa Cassis, co-chair

    Lisa Cassis is Professor and Chair in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences in the College of Medicine. She serves as Co-Chair of Group # 3: Cultivate a Robust Research and Creative Environment.

     

    Rodney Andrews, co-chair

    Rodney Andrews is the Director of the UK Center for Applied Energy Research. He serves as co-chair of Group #3: Cultivate a Robust Research and Creative Environment.

     

     

     

    Click here to view a video of the Town Hall focusing on Goal #3: Cultivate a Robust Research and Creative Environment.

     

    Chairs:
    • Rodney Andrews
      Director, Center for Applied Energy Research. Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

      I am involved in the strategic planning process as I believe in land-grant mission of the university. My focus has been on the research and service areas of that mission, and I believe UK can do so much more for the people we serve if we prioritize and emphasize the strengths of the university. Strengths across the university, and across the state.

    • Lisa Cassis
      Professor and Chair

      I have been on faculty at the University of Kentucky for 25 years. During this time, I have been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research related to the renin-angiotensin system in metabolic and vascular diseases. I have also served in the capacity as Director of several training programs that were funded by the NIH, including an institutional T32 Training Grant on Nutrition and Oxidative Stress (in its third funding cycle for training predoctoral graduate students), and a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence on Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases (in its second funding cycle for mentoring junior faculty and establishing research cores). I have served in peer review for the NIH as a member of regular study section, and as a member of the College of NIH Peer Reviewers. Finally, I have served as Chair and/or Director of two different Departments/Centers at UK, one of which focused on multidisciplinary research. These experiences have been invaluable in facilitating my understanding of team-based approaches to research, with an emphasis on biomedical research. I am committed to furthering research at UK.

    Members:
    • Katherine Adams
      Associate General Counsel

      I have been with the University of Kentucky for over 18 years. During my tenure with the University of Kentucky, the research enterprise has been my primary client and assignment. As a part of that assignment, I've worked with a variety of researchers, administrators, community members, and business people. I've listened to their descriptions of their needs, goals and concerns. I also work with other faculty and administrators across the University on a host of issues and agreements, and have a broad knowledge of the many sectors and many innovative projects and activities that help comprise UK. Working with other universities, business partners and professional groups to negotiate these agreements and achieve collaborations exposes me to what creative entities across the nation are currently doing or striving to do.
      I am also a lifelong Kentucky native, and a long-time resident of Lexington. So I also bring the perspective of what the state and local community expect from the state's flagship institution.
      My work and life experience has shown the absolute necessity of having both short term and long term strategic goals. I am excited about being able to participate in the process and look forward to working with the committee.

    • Anna Brzyski
      Associate Prof. of Art History & Visual Studies

    • Doyle Friskney
      Chief Technology Officer

      My background has allowed me to work with faculty and researchers in delivering computational research resources and ensuring UK has the appropriate network connectivity to state, regional and national partners. I feel I can connect the universities technology requirements and faculty to ensure UK is successful in its research goals. I have worked at UK for 28 years integrating technology with pedagogy to create successful learning environments for students, it is interesting that my passion in this area grows with the demands of today's students and faculty.

    • Stephen Gedney
      Professor

      I've been a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty since 1991. I am very much active in research in the field of electromagnetics and with our graduate program. My interest in participating in this committee is to help to promote and foster an environment where UK can continue to grow its graduate program, research potential, and reputation.

    • Nancy Grant Harrington
      Professor, Department of Communication, and Associate Dean for Research, College of Communication and Information

      Nancy Grant Harrington is the Douglas A. and Carole A. Boyd Professor of Communication and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Communication and Information. She served as chair of the Department of Communication from January, 1999 through June, 2011. She holds an academic appointment in the College of Public Health and is a faculty associate of the Multidisciplinary Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.

      Harrington's research focuses on persuasive message design in a health behavior change context. She has been a principal investigator, co-investigator, or principal evaluator on several NIH-funded and CDC-funded studies totaling nearly $8.5 million. She has published more than 50 journal articles and chapters, served as guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Communication (63[1]) that focused on communication strategies to reduce health disparities, and is co-editor of eHealth Applications: Promising Strategies for Health Behavior Change (Routledge, 2012). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in persuasive message design, health communication, communication theory, and research methods.

      Harrington is serving on Working Group #3: Cultivate a Robust Research Environment to help the University advance its research mission.

    • Mark Kornbluh
      Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of History

      I am Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences which has over 400 faculty members actively engaged in research. Over the course of my career, I have been a PI on over $15M of external research grants. I have a deep appreciation of the importance of both funded and non-funded research for an R! university that is committed to a mission of advancing knowledge.

    • Everett McCorvey
      Professor of Voice, Director, UK Opera Theatre

      Being involved in this process is a great honor to me. It is very important that the people involved in the classrooms and people working directly with the students be involved in helping to shape the goals and the direction of the university. I am also excited to be involved because the arts are a significant part of the university and I am happy that the university has recognized the importance of the arts by including several members of the College of Fine Arts on different committees. We can be a great university. We can be a leading institution in many fields of study. We can be recognized world-wide in academic and artistic areas of study. We can recruit some of the best students in the world. We can graduate a much desired workforce. We can dream big dreams and fulfill those dreams. In order to do this, we have to plan. The university, the state and the city have to all come together towards one common goal of excellence, and then make the commitment - financially, morally, legislatively, organizationally, strategically and institutionally to pursue that goal with vigor and purpose.

    • Tamas Nagy
      Undergraduate Student; Biochemistry and Computer Science

      I am a Biochemistry and Computer Science major here at UK. I am heavily involved in research and I am the treasurer of SPUR. I do interdisciplinary research on the role of the transmembrane domains in viral fusion with the intent of helping produce novel antivirals.

    • Sue Nokes
      Professor and Chair

      As Chair of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, I am committed to interdisciplinary research. I am involved in the Strategic Planning process to ensure continued support for collaborative research in the new budget environment.

    • Charlotte Peterson
      Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Health Sciences

      I have devoted my entire career to research and am committed to continuing to improve the research enviroment at the University of Kentucky. I am also committed to training the next generation of research scientists. Given the difficult funding enviroment, it is imperative that we develop innovative strategies to enable our researchers to be successful.

    • Lisa Ruble
      Professor

      I am a professor of School Psychology in the College of Education. I am interested in implementation science and the discovery of strategies to help improve community based services for children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). I have conducted two NIMH funded randomized controlled trials on a parent-teacher consultation intervention designed to improve educational quality and outcomes of children with ASD. This past summer, I completed a NIH funded workshop on understanding why we have a wide research-to-practice gap and how implementation science, as a framework, can help bridge this gap. As the land grant institution, University of Kentucky is positioned to be a leader for studying methods to improve the implementation of evidence based treatments so that improved quality of live and outcomes of difficult-to-serve populations, including those in Appalachia and other rural communities, are realized. The gap between evidence based practices and actual implementation in community settings requires team science, I look forward to working with fellow colleagues who share a passion for finding and generating strategies to enhance vital scholarly work that makes a different in the lives of Kentuckians.

    • Beth Rous
      Chair/Professor

      My professional career focuses on the translation of research to policy and practice to support high quality services for young children from birth through early schooling. To this end I have served as PI on numerous national and state grants/contracts to support systems development across the human service, health and education sectors. As a land grant university, I take UK's responsibility to improve the lives of Kentuckians through high quality research and service seriously and want to continue to contribute to this mission. Given the changing dynamics of higher education today, the role of addressing the needs of our multiple constituents requires thoughtful attention to our strategic goals and activities amidst evolving fiscal needs and approaches.

    • Nancy Schoenberg
      Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science

      As a faculty member of the University of Kentucky for over seventeen years, I have witnessed forward movement in research creativity and accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff. While such growth is commendable and much needed, several key areas of concern may impede our continued success. I would like to contribute to establishing and securing a strong course for research at UK that will improve lives of people in Kentucky, the nation, and the world at large.

    • Alfred Shapere
      Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences

    • Mary Beth Thomson
      Senior Associate Dean

      Mary Beth Thomson is Senior Associate Dean of the University of Kentucky Libraries. In consultation with the Dean, Ms. Thomson has primary responsibility for administrative planning including establishing and monitoring progress regarding UK Libraries strategic initiatives. She also has an integral role in the preparation and expenditure of UK Libraries' budget.

      Ms. Thomson is administratively responsible for all aspects of UK Libraries' collections (selection, purchase, and access) and digital scholarship including UKnowledge, the university's institutional repository. In 2012 Ms. Thomson was selected as one of 'fifteen top managers of academic research libraries' internationally to participate in the UCLA Senior Fellows program.

      Prior to joining UK Libraries in 2005, she was Head of Acquisitions and Collection Development at the University of Houston Libraries. Ms. Thomson's research areas include scholarly communication, library publishing, and the transformation of research library collections.

    • Michele Staton-Tindall
      Associate Professor

      I am an Associate Professor in the UK College of Social Work and a Faculty Associate of the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. I have been involved in research at UK for 15 years, primarily in the area of drug use and treatment for criminal justice popoulations. I look forward to the opportunity to participate on the Strategic Planning Team and to contributing to priorities to enhance the UK research community.

Goal # 4: Have a Meaningful Impact on the Commonwealth and Community

  • The Developing Concepts report for this Goal is currently in progress and will be posted as soon as it is complete.

    UK must continue to apply its expertise to solve real-world problems within the Commonwealth, contribute to economic prosperity and conduct research that benefits the people of the Commonwealth and beyond. In today’s world, postsecondary education is often linked to the benefits it provides to students and alumni – primarily, employment preparation and opportunities, a higher income, networking, and skill training. The fuller expression of civic engagement in higher education is found in institutions where the commitment to civic engagement is strategic, pervasive and integrated into the core functions of research, teaching and service.

     

    Jimmy Henning, co-chair

    Jimmy Henning is the Associate Dean for Extension, Director of UK Cooperative Extension. He serves as co-chair of Group #6: Have a Meaningful Impact on the Commonwealth and Community.

     

     

     

     

    Lisa Higgins-Hord, co-chair

    Lisa Higgins-Hord is the Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement. She serves as co-chair of Group #6: Have a Meaningful Impact on the Commonwealth and Community.

     

     

     

    Click here to view a video of the Town Hall focusing on Goal #4: Have a Meaningful Impact on the Commonwealth and Community.

    Chairs:
    • Jimmy Henning
      Associate Dean for Extension, Director of UK Cooperative Extension

      I am the leader of the outreach and engagement effort of the UK College of Agriculture, with efforts across youth, families, farms and communities to improve the quality of life for all the citizens of Kentucky. I am deeply committed to the land grant mission and also understand the dynamics of trust building as well as developing a sustainable system of engagement. I believe that the mission of engagement is broader than the traditional role played within the College of Agriculture but requires a commitment and a vision of support and engagement across the University that is underdeveloped, under resourced. I am involved on the strategic planning process for many reasons, but primarily because I am commited to the value of planning as a precursor to success, and to the mission of outreach and engagement.

    • Lisa Higgins-Hord
      Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement

    Members:
    • Terry Allen
      Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity

      For over ten years I have served as the University of Kentucky Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity. This includes representing the University as Institutional Representative to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education for equal opportunity and diversity. The Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity is responsible for upholding the University's commitment to provision of equal opportunity to all members of the University community in academic programs, employment, services and activities. This work is closely aligned with regulatory compliance requirements of federal and state organizations. As an educational institution, the University of Kentucky must have an awareness of, and sensitivity to, the underserved populations from Kentucky and beyond, and provide an atmosphere where the contribution of everyone is respected and valued. The University is obligated to ongoing outreach initiatives to members of the local community as well. The strategic planning process serves as a blueprint for the University to describe planned achievement through 2020, and reaffirms in every aspect of the University of Kentucky mission a demonstrated commitment to equitable involvement.

    • Claci Ayers
      Undergraduate Agricultural Biotechnology Student

      I am from Bowling Green, KY and I am a junior Agricultural Biotechnology student who will be attending the UK College of Medicine in the Fall. I have been involved in several organizations here on campus including Student Government, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and I am currently serving as the Overall Chair of DanceBlue. I am on the strategic planning committee that is concerned with making a meaningful impact on the Commonwealth and the community. This committee is perfect for me because one of my goals as an undergraduate student has been to make a lasting impact on this state. I believe UK has provided me with opportunities that has allowed me to do so and I hope to improve those opportunities so future wildcats can make their own impact on their community.

    • Rachel Newman Baker
      Athletics

    • Katie Cardarelli
      Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs

      Key to the University of Kentucky's future success is sound planning that reflects the priorities of the commonwealth. My role in the strategic planning process will focus on community engagement, a focus of my scholarly research to date. I joined the UK College of Public Health in fall 2013 as Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Health Behavior. I also hold an appointment as Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Medicine. Previously, I directed the Center for Community Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

    • Holly Clark
      Office Coordinator of the Staff Senate

      Holly chooses to serve in the strategic planning process because she has experienced the success of synergy, which this type of massive undertaking requires. Based on her experience in various organizations, she believes internal collaboration and working with community partners yields maximum results.

      Managing the day-to-day operations of the official body that represents more than 19,000 full and part-time staff, she works with all constituencies to effect better communication and relations. She also serves as chair of the Outstanding Staff Awards program and as vice chair for Appreciation Day. Prior to joining the Staff Senate, she assisted in editing EAQ in Educational Leadership Studies and managed the department's grant and contract accounts.

      Holly has worked for the city of Lexington and the state of Kentucky, but also in private sector companies in Atlanta, Lexington and Pittsburgh. Non-profit organizations she has worked for include the YMCA of Central Kentucky and Junior Achievement of Southwest Pennsylvania. In the U.S. Army, she served as a legal specialist at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, Texas.

      She attended Spelman College on academic scholarship and holds a B.S. degree in Business Management and Ethics from Asbury University where she earned high honors.

    • Jake Ingram
      undergraduate mechanical engineering

      Originally from Nicholasville, KY, I am studying mechanical engineering with minors in business and math. This year I serve as the Student Body Vice President, and that is the capacity in which I am serving on this strategic planning committee.

    • Stan Key
      Director of Alumni Affairs and Executive Director UK Alumni Association

      To recognize and include alumni engagement in the process.

    • Robert Kovarik
      Chief, Division of Public Health Dentistry; Associate Professor of Dentistry

    • David Mohney
      Professor

      Outreach and public engagement is an integral component of architecture and design, both in practice and in education.

    • Paula Pope
      Director, Special Programs, UK Office of Development

      I am in my 30th year as a fund raiser at UK. Much of the work I do falls in the area of donor relations and alumni realtions. I have been trained in meeting facilitation and strategic planning and have volunteered my services as a facilitator for numerous colleges and programs over the years. My frustration with UK's strategic planning is that it never incorporated the financial component to make it a bonafide strategic plan, and I am happy to participate in this effort to devise a comprehensive strategic plan.

    • Andrew (Drew) Smith
      Director, Office of Substance Education and Responsibility

      I am a native Kentuckian, having grown up in Frankfort, KY. After a one-year stint as a cadet at the United States Military Academy, I transferred to Centre College and graduated with a B.A. in Government in 2003. I then worked for one year at EKU as an admissions counselor and then for two years as the Area Coordinator for Multicultural and International Programs at Georgetown College. In 2006, I graduated from EKU with a Master's in Public Administration, got married to my amazing wife, and moved to Louisville to teach high school history.

      After quickly realizing that high school was not for me, I accepted the position of director for the Office of Substance Education and Responsibility at UK. I am currently finishing my dissertation to obtain a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, with plans to graduate in Spring 2014.

      I am honored to serve on Working Group #6 as I am a strong advocate for community engagement and service. There is much that UK already does for the immediate community and the Commonwealth, but there is always room for improvement. I look forward to being involved with Working Group #6 to help UK move into a new era of progress, growth, and prosperity.

    • Nancy Webb
      Professor

      Nancy R. Webb, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Cardiovascular Research Center. Nancy received her BA in Biology at the University of Virginia and her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Kentucky. Her faculty appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Molecular Medicine, is allocated ~ 80% research, ~10% teaching, and 10% faculty development and service. Her research focuses on inflammation, lipoprotein metabolosim, and atherosclerosis and has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2000. She is an active member of the University of Kentucky Graduate Center for Nutritional sciences, serving as an instructor and mentor for trainees and new investigators. She is extensively involved with the American Heart Association, and has assumed leadership roles on several national AHA committees. She currently chairs the AHA Great Rivers Affiliate Research Committee, serves on the GRA Executive Board, and chairs the Women's Leadership Committee for the AHA Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology council.
      http://www.mc.uky.edu/cvrc/faculty/webb-nancy/

    • Don Witt
      Enrollment Management

    • Sarah Wylie VanMeter
      Lecturer in Intermedia, School of Art & Visual Studies

      As faculty for the School of Art & Visual Studies, co-director for the nonprofit Lexington Film League, and a North Limestone resident and advocate, I am equally invested in both UK and the Lexington community. I am honored to be a part of this exciting time, when both the university and the community are ripe for meaningful exchange.

    • Ernest Yanarella
      Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science

      As a political scientist and public policy analyst, I consider the planning process, especially one drawing upon the wisdom of the widest number of stakeholders, to be an essential requirement for any organization to puruse its goals and missions. Having been part of former Pres. Lee Todd's Top 20 team as Senate Council chair, I recognize the benefits of strategic planning and realize the many obstacles that can befall it. The strategic initiatives comprising this latest effort are critical steps in the University of Kentucky weathering the difficult economic and political environment this institution faces. I am pleased to be part of it and will mobilize my ideas and energies as a team player to work with the other committee members to further UK's educational missions and aspirations.

Goal # 5: Foster a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff

  • The University of Kentucky is committed to fostering a meaningful, collaborative, positive work environment for faculty and staff by promoting workplace quality, diversity and career development. Indeed, building a culture that develops, supports and grows our faculty and staff is an imperative factor in achieving excellence as an institution. Cultivating talent is a perennial issue for most organizations, and universities are no different. As an institution of learning, UK is challenged to not only educate and develop students, but to also create an infrastructure that allows employees to grow, develop and succeed.

    The "see tomorrow." team is actively seeking feedback and input regarding the Strategic Plan. Throughout the months of April and May, portions of the plan will be released for campus-wide review.  Please review the latest draft of Goal #1 and provide your thoughts using the feedback form at the bottom of this page.

     

    Jeff Clymer, co-chair

    Jeff Clymer is the Chair of the Department of English in the UK College of Arts and Sciences. He serves as co-chair of Group #5: Foster a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff.

     

     

     

     

    Randa Remer, co-chair

    Randa Remer is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. She serves as co-chair of Group #5: Foster a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff.

     

     

     

    Click here to view a video of the Town Hall focusing on Goal #5: Foster a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff.

     

    Chairs:
    • Jeff Clymer
      Professor and Department of English Chairperson

      I hold a PhD from Duke University and am currently Professor and Chair of the University of Kentucky's English Department. I have published widely on nineteenth-century American literature, with a special emphasis on the relationship between literary works and the law. Formulating the new strategic plan offers a key moment to decisively leverage our commitments and our strengths for the collective good of the institution and the Commonwealth over the next several years.

    • Randa Remer
      Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

      Currently, I serve as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Health Sciences. In this position, I view my main purpose as creating a positive learning environment for students and faculty. I am also the co-chair of the Work-Life Childcare Sub-committee. The accomplishments of this committee have positively impacted the work-life environment for staff and faculty by improving services available for their children and family members.

      As a graduate of the Humanity Academy, I feel it is my responsibility to positively influence the environment in which I work and live, so all individuals feel valued as part of our community. A central theme in my professional endeavors has been to educate people about diversity and the effects of privilege and oppression on people's lives. The 'I Am Diversity Movement' is a specific initiative with which I live out that responsibility.

      In order to function effectively as professionals, we must realize the connectivity of our personal and professional lives. I am involved in the Strategic Planning process for 'Creating a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff' to ensure members of the University community can perform at their highest levels knowing that everyone's voice is appreciated and respected.

    Members:
    • Taylor Blair
      Secondary English Education Undergraduate

      As a senior in my final semester at this fine institution, I find there is no better time than now to serve on a committee of this high esteem. I look forward to exploring how this University will grow in the future and how it will continue to embrace its faculty, staff and students. This University is home to brilliant individuals who, collectively, help us build a bigger, brighter future.

    • David A. Brennen
      Dean and Professor

      Dean of College of Law. I enjoy the work and was appointed by the Provost.

    • Jann Burks
      Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist

      For the past 19 years I’ve worked in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Extension Service. My position is 4-H Youth Development Specialist. My current focus is STEM and Natural Resource Coordinator working with the 120 county 4-H agents to offer youth programs at the local level. Over my 23 years at UK, I’ve worked on campus, medical center and now with the extension service. I’m excited to be working with new and diverse members on the committee. I hope that I can bring a voice from the “off-campus” employees to the table, so that we can be an inclusive university. I sit on several boards representing my college, statewide and nationally, I currently have four grants. I’ve served on the UK Staff Senate for nine years holding officer positions as chair, treasurer, committee chair. I hope to learn and be a contributing member of this group. I’m honored to serve.

    • Jonathan Burns
      Director of Non-Grant Accounting, Payroll

      I am a staff member that is a part of the University community. I am passionate about this University (from undergrad to employment, etc.) and all the people and lives it touches. I see this opportunity as a way for the University to look at how it can continue it's growth while improving the quality of education and work it provides.

    • Erika Chambers
      Director, Work-Life

      Erika Chambers joined UK in March 2013 as the Work-Life Director in the Office of Work-Life. She previously worked in Organizational Effectiveness and Employee Communications for a utility company in Southern California where she created a nationally-recognized flexible work initiative. Prior to this she worked at a consulting firm supporting leadership development and talent management. Her Ph.D. is in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Erika is involved in this strategic planning committee because she has seen the great value and impact a positive work environment has on the long-term success of an insitution and its people.

    • Lisa Collins
      Assistant Dean of Academic Administration

      I have been assistant dean for academic administration in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment since 2009 and in that capacity have overseen the college strategic plan, as well as assisted with 14 academic department strategic plans and the annual reports of the plans. I collaborated with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness during the SACS reaffirmation to be certain the college's strategic plan reports met best practice standards.

      From 2003-2008, I was assistant director of the college's Experiment Station and was involved in the strategic plan for that office. I have also served UK as an assistant dean in the Graduate School and assistant registrar.

      One of my goals is for strategic planning to be meaningful to academic departments and the college, while at the same time providing relevant information to the university and external agencies like SACS. Another goal is for the strategic planning process not to be a burden to academic units, but rather be a valuable and useful exercise.

    • Patricia Cook-Craig
      Associate Professor

      I am an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work with ten years of experience working at the University of Kentucky. One of my research and teaching interests is in how organizations use reflection and learning to achieve their goals and enhance needed resources to optimize effectiveness. I am also interested in how organizations use data to improve outcomes. I hope to bring this experience to the committee to assist in exploring how the university can enhance the creation of a positive work environment for faculty and staff.

    • Alan Daugherty
      Senior Associate Dean for Research

      Alan Daugherty, PhD, DSc serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the College of Medicine and the Director of the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center. He holds the Gill Foundation Chair of Preventive Cardiology. He maintains an active research program in the College of Medicine studying the role of angiotensin peptides in the development of atherosclerosis and aortic aneurysms. He is highly committed to the research, advocacy, and educational missions of the American Heart Association and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (AVTB). He is currently a charter member of the Atherosclerosis and Inflammatory Cardiovascular System NIH study section

    • Jordan Haney
      Civil Engineering undergraduate

      I am a senior civil engineering major that works as a student building manager at the University of Kentucky Student Center. My interest in civil engineering is focused in a balance between construction and railroad industries. When i graduate with my bachelors degree in May 2014 I plan to stay at the University for another year where I will work towards my masters degree. With this being my senior year, I have been looking for a way to give back to the University that has given so much to me over the last three and a half years. With working with the strategic planning process, I see that this will have an immediate impact on the future of this campus and I am looking forward to being a part of this process.

    • Debra Harley
      Provost?s Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, College of Arts and Sciences

    • William Henderson III
      Director of Diversity Programs & Out of State Recruitment

      William is a diversity expert, national keynote speaker, and alumnus of the University of Kentucky who is an experienced strategic planner focused on improving the quality of education at the University of Kentucky and for people as a whole. William has a background in Secondary Mathematics education, as well as Education Leadership and Principalship. William feels compelled and committed to creating a positive work environment for our university's students, faculty and staff. Over the years, he has witnessed numerous faculty and staff pour their hearts and souls into improving the lives of others. This idea alone fuels William's motivation to serve and help foster a much deserved positive climate and culture for the people that serve as the foundation for this institution.

    • Fadyia Lowe
      Health Education and Marketing Coordinator for University Health Service

      As a proud alumna of the University of Kentucky and employee of 13 years, it is an honor for me to have the opportunity to serve on the Strategic Planning Committee. I earned a bachelor's in Communication in 2004 and MS in Health Promotion in 2006 from UK and now serve as a certified health education specialist and certified tobacco treatment specialist. I am eager to bring my perspective from working with students and staff in health education, including efforts for a tobacco-free campus. I have had extensive experience working with students as an advisor, mentor, developing presentations and marketing campaigns and thinking outside the box. I appreciate what brand marketing can do for a program that I have tried to implement for students. As a graduate of the Humanity and Experience Leadership academies, I would love to contribute to making the university a healthier and more inclusive place to work. I also have perspective from serving as a staff senator. My diverse background as a Middle Eastern American first generation college student has contributed to my love and appreciation for the university. I believe in the mission of UK and See Blue in all we do!

    • Carl Mattacola
      Professor & Director Division of Athletic Training, Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program

      I am professor in the College of Health Sciences. I am the Director of the Division of Athletic Training, Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program. I am very involved in graduate education and I am very willing to learn more about and have a potential influence on creating a positive work force.

    • Frederick Schmitt
      Director of Neuropsychology Service, Chandler Medical Center; Professor

    • Michael Smith
      Assistant Dean, "Evaluation and Planning, College of Public Health

      Mike Smith is Assistant Dean for Planning and Evaluation in the College of Public Health and Director of the university's lifelong learning programs (the Donovans and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). After an first career teaching philosophy and classical humanities to adult learners, he became a hospital administrator for twenty years. He has a Master of Health Administration degree and an MA and PhD in philosophy. He teaches human resource management in the Master of Health Administration Program.

      Dealing with the university work environment for faculty and staff is always important and intriguing, but even more so now with major shifts in the budget model, administrative leadership, and workforce demographics. I am pleased to be asked to participate in the group charged with molding the substantial thinking already taking place into recommended goals and metrics..

    • T. Lynn Williamson
      Deputy General Counsel

      I have been an employee with the University for over 40 years. Counting education, I have been at the University, with the exception of three years in the military, for over 50 years. I have had a varied career at UK, with my primary service being in the Student Affairs, Human Resources, and the Legal Office with additional special assignments at various points in my carreer. I think that strategic planning is imperative for an insitution to know where it is going and how it is going to get there. While there may be varying ways and methods to get there, the instituion must, at the vey least, know where it is going. The size of the student body and the work force, the area of the campus, and the facilities to house those are critical to the plans of how the insittuion will meet it strategic missions of education, research and service. I believe that my long years of service to the institution may assist as we creaate our next strategic plan.

Goal # 6: Enhance our Role as an Inclusive Place of Collaboration for People of All Identities

  • As a public land-grant institution our mission compels us to lead in creating an environment that encourages a collaboration of people of all identities and serving as a model of inclusivity and diversity for the commonwealth. The institution plans to further diversify its campus by developing a comprehensive plan to expose our community to the world of ideas and people, integrate those experiences thoughtfully and holistically, and create a campus that is welcoming, inclusive, and embraces the ideas of people of all identities.

    The University of Kentucky considers improvements in faculty and staff diversity as an important component of the university’s greater success and growing prominence among U.S. institutions of higher education. UK aims to become one of the most inclusive places in the state, in terms of both demographic diversity and variety of ideas.  By building upon this distinctiveness, the institution plans to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve diversity and inclusion.

     

    Randa Remer, co-chair

    Randa Remer is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. She serves as co-chair of Goal #6: Enhance our Role as an Inclusive Place of Collaboration for People of All Identities.

     

     

     

    Debra Harley, co-chair

    Debra Harley is the Provost's Distinguished Service Professor with affiliation in the UK College of Arts and Sciences and the UK College of Education. She serves as co-chair of Goal #6: Enhance our Role as an Inclusive Place of Collaboration for People of All Identities.

     

    Click here to view a video of the Town Hall focusing on Goal # 6: Enhance our Role as an Inclusive Place of Collaboration for People of All Identities.

     

    Chairs:
    • Randa Remer
      Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

      Currently, I serve as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Health Sciences. In this position, I view my main purpose as creating a positive learning environment for students and faculty. I am also the co-chair of the Work-Life Childcare Sub-committee. The accomplishments of this committee have positively impacted the work-life environment for staff and faculty by improving services available for their children and family members.

      As a graduate of the Humanity Academy, I feel it is my responsibility to positively influence the environment in which I work and live, so all individuals feel valued as part of our community. A central theme in my professional endeavors has been to educate people about diversity and the effects of privilege and oppression on people's lives. The 'I Am Diversity Movement' is a specific initiative with which I live out that responsibility.

      In order to function effectively as professionals, we must realize the connectivity of our personal and professional lives. I am involved in the Strategic Planning process for 'Creating a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff' to ensure members of the University community can perform at their highest levels knowing that everyone's voice is appreciated and respected.

    • Debra Harley
      Provost?s Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, College of Arts and Sciences

    Members:
    • Erika Chambers
      Director, Work-Life

      Erika Chambers joined UK in March 2013 as the Work-Life Director in the Office of Work-Life. She previously worked in Organizational Effectiveness and Employee Communications for a utility company in Southern California where she created a nationally-recognized flexible work initiative. Prior to this she worked at a consulting firm supporting leadership development and talent management. Her Ph.D. is in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Erika is involved in this strategic planning committee because she has seen the great value and impact a positive work environment has on the long-term success of an insitution and its people.

    • Micaha Dean
      Student; Integrated Strategic Communication and Computer Science, Undergraduate

      My name is Micaha Dean and I am currently an undergraduate junior studying Integrated Strategic Communication and Computer Science. Throughout my time at the University of Kentucky, I have had the opportunity to serve in several distinct leadership roles which continue to broaden, both internally and externally, my view of ways to improve campus. During my involvement within the strategic planning process, I look forward to working with a team which shares the hope of a bright UK future. By being a student voice, I hope to share the thoughts of my peers, as well as my own, to shape the future of the University of Kentucky for a long-lasting impact. With excitement, we will plan today to See Tomorrow--a Kentucky Promise in the mission to always "see blue."

    • Doyle Friskney
      Chief Technology Officer

      My background has allowed me to work with faculty and researchers in delivering computational research resources and ensuring UK has the appropriate network connectivity to state, regional and national partners. I feel I can connect the universities technology requirements and faculty to ensure UK is successful in its research goals. I have worked at UK for 28 years integrating technology with pedagogy to create successful learning environments for students, it is interesting that my passion in this area grows with the demands of today's students and faculty.

    • Christine Harper

    • Elizabeth Leibach
      Director, Int'l Student and Scholar Services

      Elizabeth Leibach provides leadership and expertise in the advising and immigration needs of more than 1,900 international students and over 500 international faculty, staff and exchange visitors. ISSS also administers university compliance with evolving federal regulations, supports the university and its medical center by managing global student and scholar interactions, and facilitates the well being of all international students, faculty, staff, and scholars.

      I am involved in this planning process to help the university plan for the future in the most productive and effective way possible. I am delighted to have been selected to serve in this capacity.

    • Fadyia Lowe
      Health Education and Marketing Coordinator for University Health Service

      As a proud alumna of the University of Kentucky and employee of 13 years, it is an honor for me to have the opportunity to serve on the Strategic Planning Committee. I earned a bachelor's in Communication in 2004 and MS in Health Promotion in 2006 from UK and now serve as a certified health education specialist and certified tobacco treatment specialist. I am eager to bring my perspective from working with students and staff in health education, including efforts for a tobacco-free campus. I have had extensive experience working with students as an advisor, mentor, developing presentations and marketing campaigns and thinking outside the box. I appreciate what brand marketing can do for a program that I have tried to implement for students. As a graduate of the Humanity and Experience Leadership academies, I would love to contribute to making the university a healthier and more inclusive place to work. I also have perspective from serving as a staff senator. My diverse background as a Middle Eastern American first generation college student has contributed to my love and appreciation for the university. I believe in the mission of UK and See Blue in all we do!

    • Kristen Mark

    • Trenika Mitchell

Goal # 7: Transform the Campus, Brand and Infrastructure at UK

  • Becoming a premier university requires a strong and sustainable physical, human and administrative infrastructure. While we have some world-class facilities on campus, many other facilities are outdated and need to be modernized. The University of Kentucky is home to many buildings dating from the late 1950s into the early 1970s. Constructing the needed infrastructure during a time of budgetary constraint is a major challenge. In 2007, VFA Consultants reviewed the university’s “general and educational” buildings, and revealed the need for more than $1 billion in capital renewal. As time goes on, the necessity for maintenance and repair becomes more urgent and complex, and thus more costly to address.

    The University of Kentucky is dedicated to revitalizing the campus core and developing strong and sustainable systems to support students, faculty, and staff. We will do this by renewing and strategically expanding campus facilities, and harnessing technology to provide smart solutions for 21st-century research, learning, and administration.

    The "see tomorrow." team is actively seeking feedback and input regarding the Strategic Plan. Throughout the months of April and May, portions of the plan will be released for campus-wide review.  Please review the latest draft of Goal #7 and provide your thoughts using the feedback form at the bottom of this page.

     

    Angie Martin

    Angie Martin is the University of Kentucky Chief Budget Officer. She serves as co-chair of Group #4: Transform the Campus, Brand and Infrastructure at UK.  
     

     

     

     

    Michael Tick

     

    Michael Tick is the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. He serves as co-chair of Group #4: Transform the Campus, Brand and Infrastructure at UK. 
     

     

    Click here to view a video of the Town Hall focusing on Goal #7: Transform the Campus, Brand and Infrastructure at UK.

     

    Chairs:
    • Angie Martin
      Chief Budget Officer

    • Michael Tick
      Dean of the College of Fine Arts

      As the Dean of the College of Fine Arts, I am committed to strategic planning as we articulate a renewed vision for the University of Kentucky. Throughout this process we will strengthen our commitment to academic and artistic experiences that will enrich student learning and training, where education can flourish and student talents can be fully utilized.

    Members:
    • Brad Allen
      History Major, Undergraduate

      Currently, I am a senior here at the University of Kentucky working on a major in History and a minor in Political Science. I am the Director of Government Relations for the Student Government Association and will be beginning my second term as Pledge Educator for Delta Sigma Phi fraternity in the Spring. I work for UK in APAT (Academic Planning, Analytics & Technologies), and have previously worked with the Department of Institutional Effectiveness. I look forward to being involved with the strategic planning process in large part because I have experienced many great things here at UK over the past four years and know firsthand areas I believe could improve that would benefit our growing university.

    • Phil Harling
      Professor of History

      I was asked to serve on the Committee, and it's my pleasure to do so

    • John Herbst
      Executive Director, UK Student Center

      I love our students and this university, and quite sincerely want to contribute to the future well-being of this institution. I believe we are at a pivotal period of time in higher education worldwide. The very best institutions will advance because they strive for excellence. Others will deteriorate because they can't get past mediocrity. I believe UK has the talent and commitment to be one of those institutions which will advance exponentially. Having worked at UK for 39+ years in progressively responsible positions, I have gained significant experience in risk management, budget, supervision, deferred maintenance, construction and planning, and most importantly knowing the student experience and student development. I have been privelged to work with some of the best and brightest students, often seeing them succeed at things they never dreamt they might be able to do. I have watched many of them become successful in business, education, the arts, and service industries. The UK Student Center manages over 11,300 reservations/year and is visited by nearly 1.9 million patrons each year (more than double the traffic of Rupp Arena). That said, and with a Demand Based Market Analysis done, I believe our staff has our hands on the pulse of current and future needs at UK.

    • Sharon (Sherry) Holmes
      Coordinator of Assessment and Special Projects

      I graduated from the College of Nursing with a BSN (72) and MSN (82) and have been employed by UK for 43 years. In my role as director of the KY Children's Hospital I use a goal directed management style in order to achieve excellence in patient care. This included long and short term goals based on the mission of the hospital. Three years ago the dean of the College of Nursing recruited me to coordinate the assessment process and special projects. In this role I work with the deans and faculty in evaluating the work of the College in meeting our strategic goals. When the dean and I met to evaluate the College's strategic plan report for 2012-2013, I shared my thoughts on how the College should begin to develop a new plan and that UK's plan would lay the foundation. It is with great enthusiasm that I agreed to be involved in the strategic planning process for UK.

    • Greg Laur
      Director of Development Administration

      I have nearly 15 years of experience in higher education fundraising at three institutions, including 11 years at the Pennsylvania State University; 1 1/2 years at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio; and 2 1/2 years at the University of Kentucky. I have held positions of progressively increasing responsibility in the areas of annual giving, major giving, and development administration. My current responsibilities include overseeing units including Development Administrative Services, Annual Giving, Gift Receiving, Human Resources, and Information Services.

      As part of my current role, I oversee reporting and assist in the strategic planning for the Office of Development. As such, participation in the strategic planning process for the University of Kentucky is a significant and personally meaningful aspect of my current role.

      I received my B.S. in Secondary Education & Social Studies from Penn State in 1994, a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Indiana University Center for Philanthropy in 2001, and was named the 2004 recipient of the Penn State University Division of Development and Alumni Relations Esprit de Corps award.

    • Elizabeth Leibach
      Director, Int'l Student and Scholar Services

      Elizabeth Leibach provides leadership and expertise in the advising and immigration needs of more than 1,900 international students and over 500 international faculty, staff and exchange visitors. ISSS also administers university compliance with evolving federal regulations, supports the university and its medical center by managing global student and scholar interactions, and facilitates the well being of all international students, faculty, staff, and scholars.

      I am involved in this planning process to help the university plan for the future in the most productive and effective way possible. I am delighted to have been selected to serve in this capacity.

    • Gus Miller
      Interim Assistant Provost for Resource Management

      My primary job responsibilities deal with space planning for the Provost area. I also chair the Classroom Improvement Committee.

    • Brittany Morgan
      Technical Administrator I

      Brittany Morgan is serving as a Technical Administrator for Facilities Management. In this role, she has worked on a variety of technical projects which have supported the efforts of transforming campus facilities. Most recently, Ms. Morgan managed the day-to-day operations of the facilities laser measuring project updating over 6.1 million gross square feet of University interior space across campus research, medical and academic buildings. Prior to this, Ms. Morgan served as lead for the field surveying team supporting the occupancy and move-in of UK's Chandler Hospital Pavilion A. As administrator, she performed website operations for the Facilities GIS asset system. At present, Ms. Morgan is incorporating Lean principles while implementing processes and workflows with Facilities Management Personnel.

      Ms. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Kentucky as well as a Master of Public Health from the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health. She has served as Vice President of the Student Public Health Association and as a council member for the college's Graduate Student Council acting as steward for the student body. Ms. Morgan is married with a son born in spring 2013, and she enjoys long distance running.

    • Danny Murphy
      Assistant Dean for Administration and Community Engagement, College of Law

    • JoLynn Noe
      Planning and Financial Operations Director, Enrollment Management

      In my 13-year career at UK, I have had the opportunity to participate in strategic planning across various administrative, academic, and student support units, including Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Office of Assessment, College of Arts & Sciences, and Enrollment Management. In my current role as Planning and Financial Operations Director for Enrollment Management, I manage the university's undergraduate scholarship resources. I am very honored and excited to assist the University of Kentucky in the development of our new strategic plan.

    • Thalethia Routt
      Associate General Counsel

      During my eight-year tenure as an Associate General Counsel for the University I have had the opportunity to advise the University in numerous areas, from real estate to development and endowment issues to student affairs. I work with the UKPD Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness to help ensure University compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and Kentucky's Michael Minger Act. Additionally, I serve on several University committees, including the Equal Opportunity Committee, Community of Concern Committee and the Work-Life Advisory Council. As an active member of the University Community, I realize each part of campus plays an important role in the strategic planning process. I am excited to have an opportunity to collaborate with each part as the University completes the next Strategic Plan.

    • Sharon Turner
      Dean, College of Dentistry

    • Susan West
      Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Assistant Dean of Students

      Susan West has severed as Assistant Dean of Students in the area of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at the University of Kentucky since 1988. She also teaches UK 101 classes and serves as a site advisor for the Alternative Service Breaks. She has served on many university committees and work groups including the Faculty Scholar Community of Service Learning, Undergraduate Retention Resources, and campus events risk management. She has assisted community groups and other Greek communities in their strategic planning. Susan has been recognized for her work by the National Panhellenic Conference as Outstanding Advisor in 2001 and as an Distinguished Alumna Centre College Distinguished Alumna.

    • Jay Zwischenberger
      Chairman;Dept of surgery, surgeon in Chief of UKHC

      Chairman, Department of Surgery
      Surgeon-in-chief, UKHC
      Physican leader for Surgical Intigrated Business Unit and College of Medicine Integrated Business Unit

Goal # 8: Develop a Sustainable Financial Plan

  • Becoming one of the country’s premier public residential research universities requires a strong, modern business model. The reality is that the funding sources upon which we have historically relied are changing in dramatic ways, and UK must adapt its business model accordingly.

    As we plan for 2014-2020, we must consider external factors that, in some respects, are beyond the university’s direct control. State appropriations for the university’s general fund have precipitously declined in recent years, and we cannot expect them to return to pre-recession levels. When adjusted for inflation, the drop in UK’s state funding since 2007-08 is 24 percent (Making Kentucky Stronger by Degrees, 2014). Meanwhile, federal support for research efforts has either declined or flattened.

    We must also carefully examine the current resources, needs, and challenges of our campus. Many campus facilities are outdated and need to be modernized, but no state dollars are available for deferred maintenance or building operations. Similarly, our administrative infrastructure — while modernizing in some areas — remains largely decentralized, raising concerns about cost efficiencies and the quality of service provided to our students, faculty, and staff. To reduce costs and improve the effectiveness of operations and support services, we must proactively become more efficient as an institution.

    Strategically increasing student enrollment is vital to our business model as we grow and diversify our revenue streams. Most significantly, the “see tomorrow” strategic plan contemplates substantial expansion in enrollment by 2020. The strategic plan also projects continued, targeted growth in non-resident student numbers as a percentage of the student body, while maintaining our focus on educating Kentuckians

    The "see tomorrow." team is actively seeking feedback and input regarding the Strategic Plan. Throughout the months of April and May, portions of the plan will be released for campus-wide review.  Please review the latest draft of Goal #8 and provide your thoughts using the feedback form at the bottom of this page.

     

    Angie Martin

    Angie Martin is the University of Kentucky Chief Budget Officer. She serves as co-chair of Group #4: Transform the Campus, Brand and Infrastructure at UK.  
     

     

     

     

    Michael Tick

     

    Michael Tick is the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. He serves as co-chair of Group #4: Transform the Campus, Brand and Infrastructure at UK. 
     

     

    Click here to view a video of the Town Hall focusing on Goal #8: Develop a Sustainable Financial Plan.

     

    Chairs:
    Members:
    • Brad Allen
      History Major, Undergraduate

      Currently, I am a senior here at the University of Kentucky working on a major in History and a minor in Political Science. I am the Director of Government Relations for the Student Government Association and will be beginning my second term as Pledge Educator for Delta Sigma Phi fraternity in the Spring. I work for UK in APAT (Academic Planning, Analytics & Technologies), and have previously worked with the Department of Institutional Effectiveness. I look forward to being involved with the strategic planning process in large part because I have experienced many great things here at UK over the past four years and know firsthand areas I believe could improve that would benefit our growing university.

    • Phil Harling
      Professor of History

      I was asked to serve on the Committee, and it's my pleasure to do so

    • John Herbst
      Executive Director, UK Student Center

      I love our students and this university, and quite sincerely want to contribute to the future well-being of this institution. I believe we are at a pivotal period of time in higher education worldwide. The very best institutions will advance because they strive for excellence. Others will deteriorate because they can't get past mediocrity. I believe UK has the talent and commitment to be one of those institutions which will advance exponentially. Having worked at UK for 39+ years in progressively responsible positions, I have gained significant experience in risk management, budget, supervision, deferred maintenance, construction and planning, and most importantly knowing the student experience and student development. I have been privelged to work with some of the best and brightest students, often seeing them succeed at things they never dreamt they might be able to do. I have watched many of them become successful in business, education, the arts, and service industries. The UK Student Center manages over 11,300 reservations/year and is visited by nearly 1.9 million patrons each year (more than double the traffic of Rupp Arena). That said, and with a Demand Based Market Analysis done, I believe our staff has our hands on the pulse of current and future needs at UK.

    • Sharon (Sherry) Holmes
      Coordinator of Assessment and Special Projects

      I graduated from the College of Nursing with a BSN (72) and MSN (82) and have been employed by UK for 43 years. In my role as director of the KY Children's Hospital I use a goal directed management style in order to achieve excellence in patient care. This included long and short term goals based on the mission of the hospital. Three years ago the dean of the College of Nursing recruited me to coordinate the assessment process and special projects. In this role I work with the deans and faculty in evaluating the work of the College in meeting our strategic goals. When the dean and I met to evaluate the College's strategic plan report for 2012-2013, I shared my thoughts on how the College should begin to develop a new plan and that UK's plan would lay the foundation. It is with great enthusiasm that I agreed to be involved in the strategic planning process for UK.

    • Greg Laur
      Director of Development Administration

      I have nearly 15 years of experience in higher education fundraising at three institutions, including 11 years at the Pennsylvania State University; 1 1/2 years at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio; and 2 1/2 years at the University of Kentucky. I have held positions of progressively increasing responsibility in the areas of annual giving, major giving, and development administration. My current responsibilities include overseeing units including Development Administrative Services, Annual Giving, Gift Receiving, Human Resources, and Information Services.

      As part of my current role, I oversee reporting and assist in the strategic planning for the Office of Development. As such, participation in the strategic planning process for the University of Kentucky is a significant and personally meaningful aspect of my current role.

      I received my B.S. in Secondary Education & Social Studies from Penn State in 1994, a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Indiana University Center for Philanthropy in 2001, and was named the 2004 recipient of the Penn State University Division of Development and Alumni Relations Esprit de Corps award.

    • Elizabeth Leibach
      Director, Int'l Student and Scholar Services

      Elizabeth Leibach provides leadership and expertise in the advising and immigration needs of more than 1,900 international students and over 500 international faculty, staff and exchange visitors. ISSS also administers university compliance with evolving federal regulations, supports the university and its medical center by managing global student and scholar interactions, and facilitates the well being of all international students, faculty, staff, and scholars.

      I am involved in this planning process to help the university plan for the future in the most productive and effective way possible. I am delighted to have been selected to serve in this capacity.

    • Gus Miller
      Interim Assistant Provost for Resource Management

      My primary job responsibilities deal with space planning for the Provost area. I also chair the Classroom Improvement Committee.

    • Brittany Morgan
      Technical Administrator I

      Brittany Morgan is serving as a Technical Administrator for Facilities Management. In this role, she has worked on a variety of technical projects which have supported the efforts of transforming campus facilities. Most recently, Ms. Morgan managed the day-to-day operations of the facilities laser measuring project updating over 6.1 million gross square feet of University interior space across campus research, medical and academic buildings. Prior to this, Ms. Morgan served as lead for the field surveying team supporting the occupancy and move-in of UK's Chandler Hospital Pavilion A. As administrator, she performed website operations for the Facilities GIS asset system. At present, Ms. Morgan is incorporating Lean principles while implementing processes and workflows with Facilities Management Personnel.

      Ms. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Kentucky as well as a Master of Public Health from the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health. She has served as Vice President of the Student Public Health Association and as a council member for the college's Graduate Student Council acting as steward for the student body. Ms. Morgan is married with a son born in spring 2013, and she enjoys long distance running.

    • Danny Murphy
      Assistant Dean for Administration and Community Engagement, College of Law

    • JoLynn Noe
      Planning and Financial Operations Director, Enrollment Management

      In my 13-year career at UK, I have had the opportunity to participate in strategic planning across various administrative, academic, and student support units, including Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Office of Assessment, College of Arts & Sciences, and Enrollment Management. In my current role as Planning and Financial Operations Director for Enrollment Management, I manage the university's undergraduate scholarship resources. I am very honored and excited to assist the University of Kentucky in the development of our new strategic plan.

    • Thalethia Routt
      Associate General Counsel

      During my eight-year tenure as an Associate General Counsel for the University I have had the opportunity to advise the University in numerous areas, from real estate to development and endowment issues to student affairs. I work with the UKPD Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness to help ensure University compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and Kentucky's Michael Minger Act. Additionally, I serve on several University committees, including the Equal Opportunity Committee, Community of Concern Committee and the Work-Life Advisory Council. As an active member of the University Community, I realize each part of campus plays an important role in the strategic planning process. I am excited to have an opportunity to collaborate with each part as the University completes the next Strategic Plan.

    • Sharon Turner
      Dean, College of Dentistry

    • Susan West
      Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Assistant Dean of Students

      Susan West has severed as Assistant Dean of Students in the area of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at the University of Kentucky since 1988. She also teaches UK 101 classes and serves as a site advisor for the Alternative Service Breaks. She has served on many university committees and work groups including the Faculty Scholar Community of Service Learning, Undergraduate Retention Resources, and campus events risk management. She has assisted community groups and other Greek communities in their strategic planning. Susan has been recognized for her work by the National Panhellenic Conference as Outstanding Advisor in 2001 and as an Distinguished Alumna Centre College Distinguished Alumna.

    • Jay Zwischenberger
      Chairman;Dept of surgery, surgeon in Chief of UKHC

      Chairman, Department of Surgery
      Surgeon-in-chief, UKHC
      Physican leader for Surgical Intigrated Business Unit and College of Medicine Integrated Business Unit