University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky’s $6.8 billion budget is largest ever, driven by health care

BY: - June 16, 2023

The University of Kentucky’s largest ever budget, approved Friday at $6.8 billion, includes a huge chunk dedicated to health care expansion.  Of the budget, almost $4 billion will go back into the university’s health care system. Part of that, UK said, is because of its 2022 acquisition of King’s Daughters hospital in Ashland.  Additionally, UK […]

Grant provides scholarship funding for special education master’s degree

BY: - May 30, 2023

The University of Kentucky College of Education has funding available for individuals interested in earning a Master of Science (M.S.) in special education (moderate and severe disabilities), according to a news release from UK.  Funds for the program are from the Training InterdisciPLinary Educators to Support High-Needs Populations (TRIPLETS) grant, awarded to UK by the U.S. […]

The late Bill Gatton’s latest gift to his alma mater is the largest in University of Kentucky history

BY: - May 25, 2023

LEXINGTON — The University of Kentucky on Thursday announced a $100 million gift, the largest in UK’s history, to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The gift is from the Bill Gatton Foundation, endowed by the late Carol Martin “Bill” Gatton, a businessman, investor and UK alum who gave generously to his alma mater. […]

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Daniel Cameron enemy of open government

BY: - May 25, 2023

What would a Daniel Cameron gubernatorial administration look like through the lens of Kentucky’s open government laws? In a word: opaque. Since taking office as attorney general in December 2019, Cameron has established a track record of disdain for the public’s interest in free and open examination of public records and the formation of public […]

COVID-19 national emergency declaration ending. Virus is still here.

BY: - May 11, 2023

LOUISVILLE – The national COVID-19 public health emergency declaration expired Thursday, but Kentucky health experts caution that the virus isn’t gone. “We have to remember that the disease has not gone away,” said Dr. Dan Goulson, the chief medical officer for CHI Saint Joseph Health. He spoke during a Thursday press conference featuring several Kentucky […]

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University of Kentucky should pay student workers what they’re worth: $15 an hour

BY: - April 18, 2023

In 2020 with pressure from the wall-to-wall union United Campus Workers of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky raised its minimum wage for all regular employees to $15 an hour. Notably left out of that pay increase were undergraduate workers, who UK relies on for critical jobs across campus: operating desks at residence halls, assisting with […]

Terry L. Birdwhistell, historian and former University of Kentucky dean, dies

BY: - January 31, 2023

Historian, author and educator Terry L. Birdwhistell died Sunday after a brief illness, according to a news release from the University of Kentucky where he had been dean of  libraries and holder of the William T. Young Endowed Chair. Best known for his oral histories, Birdwhistell was 72. The release from UK goes on: “Being […]

UK names Danelle Stevens-Watkins interim dean of the College of Education

BY: - January 9, 2023

University of Kentucky Provost Robert S. DiPaola has named Danelle Stevens-Watkins acting dean of the College of Education, effective Jan. 4. She succeeds Julian Vasquez Heilig who became the provost of Western Michigan University. Stevens-Watkins is a professor in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, as well as the university’s associate vice president for research, […]

Virginia Marsh Bell, left, and Nikky Finney

Virginia Marsh Bell, Nikky Finney to receive honorary doctorates from UK

BY: - December 13, 2022

Two women will soon be recognized by the University of Kentucky for their influence on the institution and contributions in their fields. The UK Board of Trustees approved the honorary degrees for Virginia Marsh Bell, known for her approach to dementia care, and celebrated poet and professor Nikky Finney, a university press release said. They […]