President Eli Capilouto

Dr. Eli Capilouto became the 12th President of the University of Kentucky July 1, 2011. Under his leadership, the Commonwealth's flagship and land grant research university has grown from $2.7 billion to $3.9 billion in total operations and has gained significant momentum in fulfilling its multi-faceted mission of teaching, research, service, and health care.

President Capilouto has led a seven-year, $2.4 billion transformation of the campus, aimed at enriching the living-learning experience of UK's students, ensuring their success; strengthening the University's research infrastructure dedicated to solving Kentucky's most intractable health and economic challenges; and expanding UK HealthCare's capacity to teach, heal, and serve.

Through partnerships with the private sector, increased philanthropy, and effective financial management, UK is self-financing the vast majority of this aggressive infrastructure development. Over the last seven years, the University has opened: 

  • The $201 million Bill Gatton Student Center;
  • The $112 million Jacobs Science Building (financed, in-part, through a $65 million partnership with UK Athletics);
  • The $65 million renovated and expanded Gatton College of Business and Economics building;
  • 20 new dining facilities;
  • 14 new residence halls;
  • A new $15 million home for the School of Art and Visual Studies;
  • A $126 million revitalized Kroger Field (funded entirely with Athletics revenue);
  • And nearly $550 million since 2011 in the continued construction and fit-out of the new Chandler Hospital.    

In fall 2018, the University opened the new $265 million multi-disciplinary health sciences research facility dedicated to addressing Kentucky's most intractable health disparities. In fall 2019, the University will open the renovated and expanded College of Law building, in partnership with donors and the state. 

This re-imagination and innovation of the campus has resulted in:

  • Enrolling more than 30,500 students, thanks to strong first-year enrollment and record retention rates;
  • Conferring more than 7,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in the last academic year, reflective of a record graduation rate;
  • Treating nearly 40,000 patients in UK HealthCare;
  • Earning more than $333.8 million in research awards;
  • Being nationally-recognized for efforts to be a diverse and welcoming community;
  • Remaining in a strong financial position, reflected by a strong and stable bond rating; and
  • Negotiating a transformative partnership with the city of Lexington to strengthen economic development, improve career prospects for our graduates, and provide better pedestrian safety for our community.

The progress on the campus is resulting in a high-quality workforce for Kentucky, with dramatic increases in the number of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees, and more than 77 percent of all UK graduates staying in Kentucky, with average earnings of more than 25 percent above the national average. UK is Kentucky's indispensable economic partner, with dozens of partnerships to provide research expertise to private business owners and internship opportunities for UK students; $3.7 billion spent with Kentucky companies since 2011; more 600 patent assets; and a workforce of more than 20,000 people paying more than $106 million in state and local taxes.

A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Capilouto previously served as Provost of the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and Dean of the UAB School of Public Health -- a period of remarkable growth and transformation at one of the leading academic and health sciences institutions in the South.

Dr. Capilouto holds several undergraduate and graduate degrees from schools within the University of Alabama system, a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from UAB, and a Doctorate in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University. He and his wife, Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto (D.M.D.) a former Dean of the UAB School of Dentistry, have one daughter.