• 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



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

Tuesday July 22, 2014


This year, I’ve been honored to participate in the Leadership Kentucky program.


It’s a six-month program in which educational, civic, business and political leaders come together for two days each month in a different region of our Commonwealth.


We seek a deeper understanding of our state: both its incredible promise and its challenge. We also are... read more

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


One of my favorite things about summer is the opportunity it affords to take a brief step back to reflect on the progress we are making, together, in so many different areas.


This summer we have followed our students' blogs about their adventures abroad, celebrated large and meaningful research grants and read about faculty members' work in national media... read more

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


The campus may seem a bit quieter this summer, but the work of our faculty -- here and around the globe is continuing in fascinating -- and pathbreaking -- ways.


In fact, one of the things that makes UK special is the way that our researchers push the boundaries of discovery through collaborative, multidisciplinary projects every day. And that work by our faculty... read more

July 1, 2014

The campus has recently sprung to life again with thousands of young people — the newest members of the UK family — visiting the university for the first time as new students.


It’s all part of see blue. U — a two-day orientation for new students and their families where they can learn everything they need to know about their... read more

June 24, 2014


This past week, I had the pleasure of "seeing global" on the other side of the world: from Beijing to Changchun, to Shanghai.

Associate Provost for Internationalization Susan Carvalho and I travelled throughout China, meeting up with UK faculty, and visiting partner universities and institutions in the region. I was... read more

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Over the past year, I've had the privilege of recognizing the outstanding efforts of faculty members across our campus, time and time again. It never gets old.


The close of the... read more