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President Capilouto has convened a health workgroup to make recommendations regarding UK’s preparedness for, and response to, the coronavirus (COVID-19). The group is meeting regularly to monitor global and domestic developments; make policy recommendations; and direct communications efforts for the campus community

  • Eric Monday, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, Acting Chief of Staff
  • Joe Monroe, UK Police Department Chief
  • Dave Blackwell, Provost
  • Kirsten Turner, Associate Provost for Academic and Student Affairs
  • Sue Roberts, Associate Provost for Internationalization
  • Jason Hope, Director of International Health, Safety and Security
  • Kim Wilson, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Capt. Rob Turner, UK Crisis Management and Preparedness
  • Maj. Nate Brown, UK Police Department
  • James Frazier, Acting Associate Vice President for Administration
  • Julie Balog, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Jay Blanton, Chief Communication Officer


Various committees have been formed around important subject areas to conduct contingency and preparedness planning. Additional committees will be added as needed. The leadership of these groups is listed below. 

  • Academic Course Delivery: Kathi Kern, Associate Provost of Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation
  • Business Processes: Penny Cox, Acting Treasurer 
  • Communication: Jay Blanton, Chief Communication Officer / Julie Balog, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Community Partners: Melody Flowers, Executive Director for Strategic Analysis and Policy 
  • Dining: Scott Henry, Dining Partnership Executive Director 
  • Emergency Operations Center: Joe Monroe, Chief of Police
  • Events: Ashley Reed, Director of University Events / Marc Hill, Executive Associate Athletics Director
  • Facilities: Mary Vosevich, Vice President for Facilities Management and Chief Facilities Officer 
  • Faculty Affairs: G.T. Lineberry, Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement
  • Housing: Sarah Nikirk, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services 
  • Human Resources: Kim Wilson, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer / Catie Lasley, Executive Director, Human Resources 
  • Information Technology: Andrew Blues, Facilities Information Services Director Associate / Heath Price, Associate Chief Information Officer
  • Legal: Bill Thro, General Counsel
  • Prospective Students: Christine Harper, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management
  • Research: Martha Peterson, Senior Associate Vice President for Research
  • Student Success: Tony Colella, Assistant Provost for Enrollment Management 
  • Supply/Storage: Barry Swanson, Chief Procurement Officer
  • UK HealthCare: Kim Blanton, CV Nursing Operations Administrator and Enterprise Director Infection Prevention and Control
  • UK International Center: Sue Roberts, Associate Provost for Internationalization