About University Relations

University Relations is responsible for building partnerships and fostering relationships between the university and the many communities it serves, including governments, media, alumni and other individual friends of the university. The office has the primary responsibility for both internal and external communications and management of issues relating to the university as a whole.

The departments and responsibilities within the University Relations group include public relations and marketing, corporate partnerships, government relations, WUKY public radio, executive communications, community engagement and university issues management.


About the Vice President for University Relations

Tom Harris
Office: 859-257-1933

Thomas W. Harris is the vice president for university relations at the University of Kentucky, a role he has served in since 2002. Prior to leading University Relations at UK, Harris worked in corporate communications for Honda of America and Toyota Manufacturing. A 1985 graduate of UK, Harris is active in the Lexington community, having participated in both Leadership Lexington and Leadership Kentucky, is a life member of the UK Alumni Association and is on the board of Commerce Lexington Bluegrass Sports Commission, and the Lexington Downtown Partnership.


Abby Leonard
Business Officer

Sarah Geegan
Executive Communications
Phone: 859 257-5365


University Relations
213 Main Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
Fax: 859-257-9065