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Vice President of the Office for Institutional Diversity

Photo of Sonja Feist-PriceSonja Feist-Price, D.Rh., Ph.D.Dr. Feist-Price assumed the position of Vice President for Institutional Diversity March 20, 2017, and reports to President Capilouto.  She advises the President and Provost on all academic, fiscal, programmatic and administrative policy decisions regarding the University's diversity and inclusivity goals; on development, implementation and annual assessment of the University's diversity plan; and engagement of diversity issues in the community, Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. Dr. Feist-Price is the senior administrative officer responsible for promoting collaboration among all members of the university community including students, faculty, staff and administrators in an earnest pursuit of UK's diversity agenda.

Dr. Feist-Price has been a member of UK’s faculty since 1992, and matriculated through the faculty ranks to professor.  She holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling.  Dr. Feist-Price is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Kentucky, nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Kentucky and a trained mediator, all of which complement her leadership abilities. Since 2014, Dr. Feist-Price has been involved in all faculty-related matters involving recruitment, promotion and retention.  Prior to her position as Sr. Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Feist-Price served as the University’s Academic Ombud where she worked with students, faculty, staff, and academic administrators across the university to addressed academic issues.  Other leadership duties for Dr. Feist-Price include the Director of African American and Africana Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Counseling.  Dr. Feist-Price serves as Chair of the Kentucky American Council  on Education Women’s Network.

Dr. Feist-Price has an extensive history with externally-funded research, and has authored numerous scholarly publications and made invited and refereed presentations at international, national, and regional conference venues.  She has been the recipient of numerous awards acknowledging significant contributions to academic research and teaching, including the Rehabilitation Researcher of the Year, Exceptional Researcher of the Year, and Teacher Who Made a Difference.