• UK Looks Forward

  • Provost Riordan Engages Campus and Community to Set the Six-Year Course for UK

  • March: Understanding Tomorrow-- A Research Report on Trends in Higher Education and Their Impact on UK

  • February: Our Budget and How We Plan for the Future

  • December: Every Vision Requires a Plan

  • UK Provost Christine Riordan Tackles Big Projects in Her First Semester

  • UK Provost Christine Riordan On The University's Future

  • At Retreat, UK Trustees Consider Physical and Academic Master Plans

  • Trustees Endorse Strategic Principles to Guide UK’s Future

  • Strategic Planning With UK's New Provost



Thursday, October 29, 2014


Yesterday was a special day for our campus. I had the pleasure of announcing that Scott Lephart from the University of Pittsburgh will become Dean of the UK College of Health Sciences on March 1, 2015, pending Board approval.


There is no way to overstate either the importance or quality of our deans at the University of Kentucky.


Responsible for... read more

Friday, October 24, 2014


What a great week it has been to "see blue." I have so enjoyed seeing all of the fantastic Wildcat spirit on our campus throughout homecoming week, and I look forward to the culmination this weekend!


This week has really been a testament to how people make the place at UK.


Tuesday night, our students gathered on Administration Lawn in front of the... read more

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived: this is to have succeeded.” At the University of Kentucky, service is part of our identity; it's at the core of our mission and our vision for the future.


As part of our commitment to service, earlier this month we kicked off of our annual UK-United Way Campaign.... read more

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


This weekend our campus will opens its doors for 2014 University of Kentucky Family Weekend. Thanks to the great work of our UK Parent Association, we will welcome members of the UK community from across our Commonwealth and beyond. With so many great events planned, it's hard to imagine a better way to spend a weekend!


You can access the full schedule of... read more

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Students are at the center of everything we do at the University of Kentucky. And this year, I have had the pleasure to work with a fantastic student leader, UK Student Government Association President Jake Ingram.


I asked Jake to provide an update from Student Government. As you can see from his account below, our students are engaging with the community,... read more

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


People make the place at the University of Kentucky.


And it goes without saying that our faculty play a crucial role in making our vision-- to be the institution of choice for students in the Commonwealth and the region, and to be the pre-eminent place for graduate education, research and service that transforms our state-- a reality. 


This... read more

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Students, faculty and staff have undoubtedly noticed an exciting new addition to the Hub in the William T. Young Library.


The Presentation U Tutoring Center @ The Hub has been buzzing with activity this semester. Of course, this space represents far more than an exciting addition to the library. Presentation U is the culmination of several years of work by... read more

Tuesday, Sept, 9, 2014


Everyone has a favorite spot on our beautiful, transforming campus. And I would wager that, for many of our students, that favorite spot is the William T. Young Library, or as they affectionately call it, "Willy T."


It's not hard to figure out why. What many people may not realize, however, is that our library system not only serves our students, faculty and... read more

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Campus is buzzing again. Last week our UK family welcomed the class of 2018 and strengthened our community through an extremely successful K Week. Now classes have begun, and it's hard to believe that the semester has already launched into full force.


It's even harder to believe that it's time for our Admissions office to start their work in recruiting the... read more

Thursday, August 28, 2014


I hope that everyone had a wonderful first day of classes yesterday.


I really enjoyed walking around campus and seeing the fresh faces of our students, so excited to be here and ready to learn.


Of course, our campus is not the only place where our students are learning. We have students engaging in education abroad programs in 24 countries this... read more

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Our campus is buzzing with activity this week. Over the weekend more than 1,100 students moved in to their residence halls, and we will welcome nearly 5,000 more over the course of tomorrow,Friday and Saturday.


Campus may have seemed comparatively quiet over the past several months, but that of course does not mean that important, meaningful efforts were not... read more

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Last week, I enjoyed the opportunity to learn even more about the University of Kentucky's impact on the Commonwealth.


I met with Bernie Hennig, Director of the UK Superfund Research Center. We had a fascinating discussion about the important work occurring at this center, where UK researchers study a variety of important environmental science and health issues... read more

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


We have a lot to be proud of at the University of Kentucky. It’s a special place — something I’m reminded of daily. Among the many things that make this place so special is the commitment of... read more

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


This month marked my one-year anniversary as a proud member of the University of Kentucky family. I've been inspired and amazed by what we have been able to accomplish together; it's a great feeling to take into the start of a new academic year. 


The initiatives underway and the progress they represent for our institution reinforce that statement. I'm very... read more