• 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, November 20, 2014


Earlier this week, I was reading the Wall Street Journal and saw one of our UK College of Arts and Sciences professors, Ihsan Bagby, quoted for his research in Islamic studies.


It was a great reminder of the daily impact that our faculty create in profound ways, from teaching that changes lives, to research that can transform communities and shed light on... read more

Thursday, November 13, 2014


At the University of Kentucky, we prepare students to be leaders in an increasingly interconnected world. This is one of the great challenges in higher education today, and requires commitment from across our campus.


From our leaders in the UK International Center, to the faculty conducting international research and leading programs abroad, to the students... read more

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Community is at the core of everything we do at the University of Kentucky.


It is reflected in our mission— our commitment to improving lives through education, research and creative work, service, and health care.



It is reflected across our campus — in interactions with students, in the work of faculty and staff, and in the alumni and... read more

Thursday, October 30, 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