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Ashley Reed, Ed.D.



The chief event professional for the University who is responsible for the strategic direction for events on campus. Working closely with the University’s administration, Ashley executes and plans the University’s ceremonial events and lends her expertise to Presidential events on campus.  Ashley chairs the University's commencement committee, producing fall and spring commencement ceremonies.  As the director,  Ashley oversees the event and production teams and supervises the leadership team.

Hannah Centers

Associate Director

Event Processes & Protocol

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Hannah oversees event processes and works with facility coordinators and campus partners to develop work flow and implement special projects. As the primary administrator for EMS and the unit's liaison for campus partners including the Registrar, UK Police, Risk Management, ITS, facility coordinators, and service providers, Hannah works to improve efficiency in the event approval and management process and develops shared initiatives.  She directs the product roadmap for UK's deployment of EMS.  As the University moves towards a one-stop shop, Hannah works collaboratively with service providers, facility staff, administrators, and ITS to develop policies and put the puzzle pieces together.  

Abby Leonard

Associate Director

University Events 


Abby manages large-scale events and works closely with campus partners and facility coordinators to execute events on University property.  Abby supervises our unit's professional Event Managers and oversees day-to-day operations for the events team. Additionally, she manages the student event coordinators through the event team internship program, which trains the next generation of event managers through comprehensive training and exposing students to behind the scenes access to real events and meetings.


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Drew Elisabeth Ard

Event Manager

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Ryan Benjamin

Event Manager

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Barry Bowman

Senior Production Services Manager


Kate Latham

Production Services Manager




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Ryan Wills

Production Services Manager


Billy Payne

Production Services Manager