President's Office

Photo of UK's Main BuildingExecutive direction and management of the University of Kentucky's operations, both academic and fiscal, are carried out by the Board of Trustees and the President. As Chief Executive Officer of the University, the President is responsible for all official communication with the Board and external agencies. The President provides leadership on all policy, planning, and development functions of the institution.




Reneé Smith, Executive Assistant to the President

(859) 257-1703 |  

Reneé Smith joined the Office of the President in June 2014.  Prior to UK, she held positions in Men’s Basketball at Western Kentucky University, the Office of the President at Kentucky State University, and the Governor’s Office for Local Development.  A native of Lexington, KY, Reneé attended Kentucky State University and Midway College.




Eric Monday, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration

(859) 257-1841 |

Dr. Eric N. Monday was named executive vice president for finance and administration (EVPFA) in December 2012. In his role, he provides administrative support to the president and manages the Office of the President.




Katie Hardwick, Administrative Staff Officer 

(859) 257-1704 | 

Katie Hardwick joined the Office of the President in December 2017 and serves primarily as the liaison to the Board of Trustees.  A 1992 UK graduate with a B.A. in Fine Arts and Communications. Prior to working at her alma mater, she was the AVP of Programs and Events at Commerce Lexington Inc.