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.





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 BA in Fine Arts and Communications. Prior to working at her alma mater, she was the AVP of Programs & Events at Commerce Lexington Inc. 





Paige Noland, Administrative Assistant 

(859) 257-1702 |

Paige Noland joined the Office of the President in March of 2019, coming from the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment where she was the Executive Assistant to the Dean. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communication from UK. Prior to working for UK, she was the Community Manager for Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society.



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.




Bill Swinford, Chief of Staff

(859) 257-1705 |

Bill Swinford has served as President Eli Capilouto’s Chief of Staff since the President’s arrival July 1, 2011; and is an Associate Professor of Political Science. He has taught “Introduction to American Government”, “Civil Liberties”, “Judicial Politics”, and “Constitutional Law” at UK since 2005.

A native of Cynthiana, Kentucky, he earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky (1988) and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University (1993). He was a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond (Virginia) before returning to Kentucky in 1999 to work for Gordon Davies at the Council on Postsecondary Education. He served in several capacities at the Council, including Chief of Staff. Dr. Swinford returned to UK in 2004 to serve as Director of Policy Analysis and then Assistant Vice President in the University Budget Office prior to being appointed Chief of Staff.



Tiana Thé, Communications Coordinator   

(859) 257-2312 |

Tiana joined the Office of the President in May 2018. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2019 with a B.A. in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and a B.A. in Political Science with a double major in Philosophy.