The University of Kentucky (UK, UKY, or U of K) is a Public University, public Land-grant University, land-grant research university in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1865 by John Bryan Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, the university is one of the state's two land-grant universities (the other being Kentucky State University) and the institution with the highest enrollment in the state, with 30,545 students as of fall 2019. The institution comprises 16 colleges, a graduate school, 93 undergraduate programs, 99 master's degrees, master programs, 66 Doctor of Philosophy, doctoral programs, and four professional programs. It is Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". According to the National Science Foundation, Kentucky spent $393 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 63rd in the nation. The University of Kentucky has fifteen libraries on campus. The largest is the William T. Young Library, a federal depository, hosting subjects related to social sciences, humanities, and life sciences collections. Since 1997, the university has focused expenditures increasingly on research, following a compact formed by the Kentucky General Assembly. The directive mandated that the university become a ''Top 20'' public research institution, in terms of an overall ranking, to be determined by the university itself, by the year 2020.


University origins

In the early commonwealth of Kentucky, higher education was limited to children from prominent families, disciplined apprentices, and young men seeking entry into clerical, legal, and medical professions. As the first university in the territory that would become Kentucky, Transylvania University was the primary center for education, and became the forerunner of what would become the University of Kentucky. John Bryan Bowman founded the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky (A&M), a publicly chartered department of Kentucky University, after receiving federal support through the Morrill Land-Grant Acts, Morrill Land-Grant Act in 1865. Courses were offered at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. Three years later, James Kennedy Patterson became the first president of the land-grant university and the first degree was awarded. In 1876, the university began to offer master's degree programs. Two years later, A&M separated from Kentucky University, which is now Transylvania University. For the new school, Lexington donated a park and fair ground, which became the core of UK's present campus. A&M was initially a male-only institution, but began to admit women in 1880. In 1892, the official colors of the university, royal blue and white, were adopted. An earlier color set, blue and light yellow, was adopted earlier at a Kentucky-Centre College football game on December 19, 1891. The particular hue of blue was determined from a necktie, which was used to demonstrate the color of royal blue. On February 15, 1882, Main Building (University of Kentucky), Administration Building was the first building of three to be completed on the present campus. Three years later, the college formed the Agricultural Experiment Station, which researches issues relating to agribusiness, food processing, nutrition, water and soil resources and the environment. This was followed up by the creation of the university's ''Agricultural Extension Service'' in 1910, which was one of the first in the United States. The Cooperative extension service, extension service became a model of the federally mandated programs that were required beginning in 1914.

Coeducational school: modern period

Patterson Hall, the school's first women's dormitory, was constructed in 1904. Residents had to cross a swampy depression, where the now demolished Student Center later stood, to reach central campus. Four years later, the school's name was changed to the "State University, Lexington, Kentucky" upon reaching university status, and then to the "University of Kentucky" in 1916. The university led to the creation of the College of Home Economics in 1916, and Mary E. Sweeney was promoted from chair of the Department of Home Economics to dean of the college. (Later renamed the College of Human Environmental Sciences, this educational unit was folded into the College of Agriculture in 2003 as the School of Human Environmental Sciences). The College of Commerce was established in 1925, known today as the Gatton College of Business and Economics. In 1929, Memorial Hall (University of Kentucky), Memorial Hall was completed, dedicated to the 2,756 Kentuckians who died in World War I. This was followed up by the new Margaret I. King Library, King Library, which opened in 1931 and was named for a long-time library director, Margaret I. King. The university's graduate and professional programs became racially integrated in 1949 when Lyman T. Johnson, an African American, won a lawsuit to be admitted to the graduate program. African Americans would not be allowed to attend as undergraduates until 1954, following the US Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision. In 1939, Governor Happy Chandler appointed the first woman trustee on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, Georgia M. Blazer of Ashland. She served from 1939 to 1960. In 1962, Blazer Hall was opened as the Georgia M Blazer Hall [dormitory] for Women in tribute to her twenty-one years of service as a University of Kentucky trustee. Ground was broken for the Albert B. Chandler Hospital in 1955, when Kentucky Governor Happy Chandler recommended that the Kentucky General Assembly appropriate $5 million for the creation of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a medical center at the university. This was completed after a series of studies were conducted that highlighted the health needs of the citizens, as well as the need to train more physicians for the state. Five years later, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, College of Medicine and University of Kentucky College of Nursing, College of Nursing opened, followed by the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, College of Dentistry in 1962. Nine years after the founding of The Northern Extension Center in Covington, representing the Ashland Independent School Board of Education, Ashland attorney Henderson Dysard and Ashland Inc., Ashland Oil & Refining Company founder and CEO Paul G. Blazer presented a proposal to President Dickey and the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees for the university to take over the day-to-day operations and curriculum of the Ashland [municipal] Junior College, creating the Ashland Center of the University of Kentucky in 1957. University of Kentucky Extension Centers in Fort Knox (1958), Cumberland (1960), and Henderson (1960) followed. In 1959, the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce opened and began training professionals at the master's and doctoral level for careers in international affairs. The program was the vision of UK's first president James Kennedy Patterson who had identified the need for the United States to develop a cadre of professionals to advance its diplomatic and commercial interests around the globe. Patterson bequeathed his entire estate to establish this entity. Authorized by the Kentucky General Assembly and signed by Governor Bert Combs on March 6, 1962, a mandate was placed upon the University of Kentucky to form a community college system. Two years later, the Board of Trustees implemented the legislation and established the Community College System, creating centers in Gateway Community and Technical College, Covington, Ashland Community and Technical College, Ashland, Fort Knox, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Cumberland, Henderson Community College, Henderson and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Elizabethtown. In 1969, the Patterson Office Tower was completed, currently the tallest building on campus. In May 1970, students at the university began protesting the Kent State shootings, shootings at Kent State University. In response, Governor Louie Nunn deferred to the National Guard of the United States, National Guard in an attempt to disperse the protesters. An outdated Reserve Officers' Training Corps, ROTC building was destroyed by fire. The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries has 13 oral history interviews with participants in the protests, university officials as well as former governor Nunn. Nine years later, the Singletary Center for the Arts opened, named in honor of former university president Otis Singletary. In 1979, the University of Kentucky hosted the first Kentucky Women Writers Conference, which is now the longest-running conference of its kind.

Contemporary history

In 1997, the Kentucky General Assembly reorganized the community college system, withdrawing the university's jurisdiction from all but the Lexington Community College. The other colleges were merged with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky Technical College system and were placed under a separate board of control. On April 3, 1998, work began on the William T. Young Library, which was the largest university project at the time of completion. The six-level William T. Young Library was constructed on south campus and the largest book endowment among all public university libraries in the country. William T. Young got his fortune from selling his peanut butter company to Procter & Gamble in 1955. Nine years after the completion of the William T. Young Library, on April 13, 2007, an entire city block of neighborhood homes were demolished and ground was broken for the Biological Pharmaceutical Complex Building (University of Kentucky), Biological Pharmaceutical Complex Building, the largest academic building in the state of Kentucky, and one of the largest in the United States. The Biological Pharmaceutical Complex Building complements the adjacent Biomedical Biological Science Research Building (University of Kentucky), Biomedical Biological Science Research Building, and is expected to be part of the new university research campus. Other recent announcements include the construction of the new $450 million Albert B. Chandler Hospital, which will was one of the largest projects in the state's history in terms of size and economic impact. In 1997, the Kentucky General Assembly formed a compact with the university. The Top 20 Plan mandates that the University of Kentucky becomes a Top 20 public research university by 2020. According to the compact, states with "Top 20" universities feature higher average household incomes, higher education attainments, healthier lives and more financial security. As a result, fewer citizens live in poverty and as a result, fewer public dollars are spent on health care. The plan would also spur technological advancements due to university-based research and increase the marketability of the state to investors. As part of the "Top 20" plan, the university stated that it plans to, # Increase enrollment by 7,000 students to 34,000; # Increase the state's highest graduation rate by 12% to 72%; # Increase the number of faculty by 625 to total 2,500; # Increase research expenditures by $470 million to total $768 million per year; and # Increase the university's role in Kentucky's "schools, farms, businesses and communities." The "Top 20" plan has produced some results, # Total enrollment increased from 24,061 in 1996 to 26,440 in 2004, an increase of 2,379. # The six-year graduation rate increased from 59.5 percent in 1998 to 61.2 percent in 2007. # Research expenditures increased from $124.8 million in 1996 to $297.6 million in 2003. It dipped slightly to $274 million for 2005. It is currently ranked 28th among public universities in sponsored research. # Endowment increased from $195.1 million in 1997 to $538.4 million in 2005. In 2000, to help finance the "Top 20" plan, the university launched "The Campaign for the University of Kentucky", a $600 million fundraising effort that was used to "enhance facilities, academic programs, public service, and scholarships." It passed that goal and the effort was raised to $1 billion. In March 2007, $1.022 billion was raised, months before the fundraising effort was set to end. According to the ''Statewide Facilities Condition Assessment Report'' released on April 4, 2007, the university needs $12.5 billion to complete the 1997 mandate to become a "Top 20" institution. As of 2019, The University of Kentucky has an endowment of 1.407 billion.As of June 30, 2020. Prior endowments were 831.8 in 2007, $538.4 million in 2005, and $195.1 million in 1997, the rapid increases partially attributed to the "Top 20" Plan. Currently, the William T. Young Library book endowment is the largest among public universities in the United States. In 2018, the new Gatton Student Center was opened on North Campus. The $200 million, 378,000-square-foot facility contains a cinema, a dining facility, several chain restaurants, ballrooms, the UK Bookstore, the renovated UK Federal Credit Union, offices, and more.



Students are divided into 16 colleges, a graduate school, 93 undergraduate programs, 99 master's degrees, master programs, 66 Doctor of Philosophy, doctoral programs, and four professional programs. The University of Kentucky has fifteen libraries on campus. The largest is William T. Young Library, a Federal depository library, federal depository, hosting subjects related to social sciences, humanities and life sciences collections. In recent years, the university has focused expenditures increasingly on research, following a compact formed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1997. The directive mandated that the university become a ''Top 20'' public research institution, in terms of an overall ranking to be determined by the university itself, by the year 2020. The university is ranked tied for 132nd in National Universities and tied for 60th among Public university, public universities in the 2020 ''U.S. News & World Report'' rankings. Students are divided into several colleges based on their interests and specializations: * University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, founded 1908 * University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, founded 1908 * Gatton College of Business and Economics, founded 1925 (originally as the College of Commerce) * University of Kentucky College of Communication & Information, College of Communication & Information, founded 1976 * University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, College of Dentistry, founded 1962 * University of Kentucky College of Design, College of Design, founded 1964 (originally as the College of Architecture) * University of Kentucky College of Education, College of Education, founded 1923 * University of Kentucky College of Engineering, College of Engineering, founded 1918 (through a merger of the original Colleges of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mines and Metals) * University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, founded 1976 * University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, founded 1966 (originally as the College of Allied Health Personnel) * University of Kentucky College of Law, J. David Rosenberg College of Law, founded 1908 * University of Kentucky College of Medicine, College of Medicine, founded 1954 * University of Kentucky College of Nursing, College of Nursing, founded 1956 * University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, founded 1947 (originally established in 1870 in Louisville) * University of Kentucky College of Public Health, College of Public Health, founded 2004 * University of Kentucky College of Social Work, College of Social Work, founded 1968 * University of Kentucky Graduate School, founded 1912 * Martin School, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration * Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce Other colleges no longer in existence at the University of Kentucky include the College of Library Science (separating out of the College of Arts & Sciences in 1968 and incorporated in 2003 into what is now the College of Communication and Information) and the College of Home Economics (created in 1916 and whose founding dean was Mary E. Sweeney) now a School of Human Environmental Sciences located within the College of Agriculture.

Lewis Honors College

The Honors Program at the University of Kentucky began in 1961. It offers interdisciplinary, seminar-style classes of 15–20 students each as well as "H-section" classes that accelerate common course offerings such as chemistry, biology, and physics. The program is intended to supplement the individual interests of the students. Students are offered priority registration, one-on-one faculty attention, dedicated advising, the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research from their first semesters on campus, and are directed to other programs, including the Chellgren Fellows program, the Gaines Fellowship in the Humanities, the University Scholars Program (which allows simultaneous undergraduate and graduate study), and external scholarship opportunities. Additionally, students are offered assistance with fellowship applications, scholarship applications, study abroad opportunities, Honors designation on transcript and diploma, and/or service learning interests, among other things. In October 2015, the University of Kentucky received the largest single gift in its history, $23.5 million from alumnus, longtime donor and successful entrepreneur Thomas W. Lewis and his wife Jan to create the Lewis Honors College. The Lewis Honors College was transitioned from the Honors Program at UK in 2015. From 2017, the Honors Program became the Lewis Honors College. On July 10, 2017, Dr. Christian M. M. Brady, Christian Brady was announced as the inaugural dean of the college. As of August 2017, construction had been completed on Lewis Hall. It headquarters are in Lewis Hall, which also serves as one of several residence halls for Honors College students. Lewis houses 2-bedroom suite style rooms for the Honors students. The building also includes classrooms, study spaces, and a small ballroom for programming.

SECU: SEC Academic Initiative

The University of Kentucky is a member of the SEC Academic Consortium. Now renamed the Southeastern Conference#Formation of SECU and SEC academic network, SECU, the initiative was a collaborative endeavor designed to promote research, scholarship and achievement among the member universities in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The SECU formed its mission to serve as a means to bolster collaborative academic endeavors of Southeastern Conference#Member universities, SEC universities. Its goals include highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC Faculty (academic staff), faculty, students and its universities and advancing the academic reputation of SEC universities.

Student life


The University of Kentucky strives for a diverse and international student population, with a selective admissions process. In fall 2014, there were 30,000 students enrolled for the first time. This is due in part by the high number of out-of-state students. The percentage mix of students at this time were 62% in state and 38% out-of-state. During this time, the freshman class was recorded at 5,000 students.

Student government

The University of Kentucky Student Government Association (UKSGA) represents all undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled at the university in several critical ways. UKSGA exists to increase student influence over academic policy and to provide many helpful, creative and necessary student services. UKSGA also exists to protect and expand student substantive and procedural rights with the university and surrounding municipalities. Finally, UKSGA exists to better represent the student body in relations with faculty, administration, Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. UKSGA includes an Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branch. *Executive Branch: oversees day-to-day operations, manages budget, and facilitates major programs. *Legislative Branch: includes the Student Senate. There are 46 legislators in this branch. Their goal is to allocate funds, approve presidential appointments, facilitate legislative changes, and represent the larger student voice. *Judicial: composed of one Chief Justice and six Supreme Court Justices. The Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of legislation, handles claims levied against SGA officials, hears any election rules violation complaints and validates election results. Several of their current programs include: *Kentucky Wildcab: a late night transportation service designed to enhance the safety efforts of the university and surrounding community in partnership with UK Transportation. *Wildcat Wardrobe: provides UK students with free professional dress clothing for interviews and jobs *Safe CATS: provides UK students with a safer way to travel around campus by having SafeCats team members escort students to their destinations on-foot or by golf cart *Student Legal Services: free on-site consultation for any legal issue by a local attorney *Childcare Grants: available for part-time and full-time UK students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, who need financial assistance for day-care service for their children. *Scholarships *Student Organization Funding: General Funding Grants, Club Sports Grants, Service Grants, Academic/Professional Conferences, and Senate Special Projects Several distinguished Student Body Presidents include Governor Steve Beshear.

Student media

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was the home of one of the earliest college amateur radio stations in the United States, beginning with W4JP that began continuous operation prior to World War I. In 1927, the station was relicensed as 9JL (later W9JL). Students currently run two independent Frequency Modulation, FM stations. The first, 91.3 FM WUKY, is a Adult Album Alternative, Triple-A station and was the first university-owned FM radio station in the United States and Kentucky's first public radio station. The operations started on October 17, 1940 as WBKY out of Beattyville, Kentucky, Beattyville, although the station moved five years later to Lexington. In 1971, WBKY was one of the first to carry NPR's "All Things Considered" and helped debut National Public Radio, changing its call letters to WUKY in 1989 to better reflect its affiliation with the university. In 2007, it became the first Lexington radio station to broadcast in high-definition digital radio. The second is 88.1 FM WRFL which has been in operation since 1988. WRFL is operated by students and broadcasts live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and features music that is spread across most genres. The campus is also served by the The Kentucky Kernel, Kentucky Kernel, a student-run, financially independent daily newspaper, with the first issue published in 1915. The official yearbook of the University of Kentucky is the ''Kentuckian'', first published in 1906. The ''Kentuckian'' was preceded by at least one previous book, the ''Echo''.

Black Student Union

The University of Kentucky Black Student Union (BSU) was established on February 17, 1968. They were the first organization on campus that was created to support and protect students of color. Their goal was to fight for change on campus for diverse students. They work closely with other organizations on campus such as the Student Activities Board, Student Government Association and various fraternities. Their main mission is to educate the campus community on Black American students and to assist incoming minority students. Jim Embry, born in Richmond, Kentucky, was the founding member of the organization, as well as, the first elected president. 51 years later, Embry is still fighting for progress in the social injustices and systemic racism on campus.

Greek life

Nineteen fraternities and sororities, sororities and twenty-three fraternities and sororities, fraternities serve the university, representing over 3,000 students with a budget of $3.2 million per year. The governing bodies include the National Pan-Hellenic Council, an organization for nine historically black organizations, international Greek assemblies, the National Panhellenic Conference for sororities and the North American Interfraternity Conference, Interfraternity Council for the fraternities. There are many non-Greek organizations on campus, like Alpha Kappa Psi, an internationally recognized Professional Business Fraternity and Tau Beta Sigma, a band fraternity. The university also hosts a chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega co-educational service fraternity.


University of Kentucky student-athletes compete as the Wildcats under colors Kentucky blue and white. Beginning in the 1890s, students at the A&M scheduled american football, football games with neighboring colleges. In 1902, the Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball, women's basketball program began on campus, and the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball, men's team was added one year later. The "Wildcats" became associated with the university shortly after a American football, football victory over Illinois Fighting Illini football, Illinois on October 9, 1909. The then-chief of the military department, Commandant Carbuiser, stated that the team had "fought like wildcats." The slogan was later adopted by the university, and a costumed mascot debuted in 1976. In 1930, then-high school coach Adolph Rupp was hired as a basketball coach for the university. He had a career that would span 42 years until 1972. During his tenure, he led the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball, men's basketball team to four National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA championships in 1948, 1949, 1951 and 1958. The Wildcats later won a fifth championship under Joe B. Hall in 1978, another in 1996 under Rick Pitino and the next under Tubby Smith, Orlando "Tubby" Smith in 1998. In 2007, the University of Kentucky named Billy Gillispie as the head coach of the men's basketball team and on March 30, 2009, the university named John Calipari as the head coach of the Wildcats. Calipari coached the team to its eighth national title in 2012. On December 21, 2009, the men's basketball team reached another milestone, becoming the first college basketball team to reach 2000 all-time wins. The 2000th win was an 88–44 victory over the 2009–10 Drexel Dragons men's basketball team, Drexel Dragons. Kentucky was also the first school to reach the 1000 all-time wins, which they accomplished in 1969. The university boasts of numerous national championships, with its latest coming in 2012 when the men's basketball team won its eighth national title. UK also boasts of a cross country running, cross country national team championship (women's, 1988), eight individual championships in artistic gymnastics, gymnastics, an Summer Olympic Games, Olympic medalist in track and field, and 24 national championships in cheerleading. (Not an NCAA recognized championship) After defeating number-one ranked Oklahoma 13–7 in the Sugar Bowl under legendary coach Bear Bryant, Kentucky was also a co-national champion for the 1950 season. The University of Kentucky Dance team is currently ranked 5th in the nation in Hip Hop and 7th in Pom-pom, Pom at Universal Dance Association. These are not NCAA recognized championships. Other athletic programs sponsored at the varsity level include baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country running, American football, football, men's and women's golf, women's artistic gymnastics, gymnastics, the coeducational sport of shooting sports, rifle, men's and women's Association football, soccer, women's softball, men's and women's Swimming (sport), swimming and Diving (sport), diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field and women's volleyball. The school also has a popular club-level men's ice hockey team and a rugby program that competes at the Division 1 level. The University of Kentucky football coach is Mark Stoops, named the successor to Joker Phillips, who was the first African American football coach in Kentucky's history. Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as Graduation, commencement, convocation and athletic games is the University of Kentucky fight song: ''On, On, U of K''. Additionally, the song ''Kentucky Fight'' is played before games.


University of Kentucky partnered up with Korea, South Korean Esport Organisation Gen.G, Gen.G Esports and International Studies Abroad (ISA) to launch an international esports exchange programme in Seoul, Seoul, South Korea.


The University of Kentucky offers seven main dining facilities, 23 residence halls, and numerous recreation facilities spread between three distinct campuses: north, south, and central. It is also home to more than 250 student-run organizations. The university campus is home to numerous notable structures, such as Main Building (University of Kentucky), Main Building, a four-story administration building dating to 1882, which was gutted by fire on May 15, 2001. The cause of the blaze was attributed to a welders torch during repairs to the building's roof. Total costs for reconstruction after the fire exceeded $17 million. The Patterson Office Tower is the tallest building on campus. The university is also home to several major construction projects, including the Albert B. Chandler Hospital expansion. As of 2016, construction projects include Student Center renovation and expansion, and Alumni Gym. The University of Kentucky once operated 14 community colleges with more than 100 extended sites, centers and campuses under the University of Kentucky's Community College System, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, but relinquished control under the Education in Kentucky#Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997, Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997. The network of community colleges is now known as the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Adjoining Lexington Community College, despite the reorganization of the community colleges, remained integrated with the university, but separated from the University of Kentucky in 2004 and became a part of KCTCS; it is now known as Bluegrass Community and Technical College. The College of Engineering currently operates a satellite campus in Paducah, Kentucky, Paducah, located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Campus libraries

The University of Kentucky is home to nine campus libraries. Among them is the William T. Young Library, which houses a general undergraduate collection and social sciences, humanities, business, biology, and agricultural materials. The library is also a Federal Depository Library and a public library for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Campus landmarks

The University of Kentucky has several noteworthy landmarks: * Kroger Field * Memorial Coliseum (Lexington), Memorial Coliseum * Memorial Hall, University of Kentucky, Memorial Hall * Singletary Center for the Arts * University of Kentucky Art Museum * University of Kentucky/Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Arboretum * University of Kentucky Research and Education Center Botanical Garden * William T. Young Library

Notable faculty

*Kimberly W. Anderson, Chemist, Gill Eminent Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean for Administration and Academic Affairs in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, College of Engineering *Arthur G. Hunt, American plant and soils scientist *Melynda Price, Professor of Law, Director of African-American studies, African American and Africana studies, Africana Studies Program in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences *Ronald Werner-Wilson (born 1962), Chair of the Family Studies Department and Kathryn Louise Chellgren Endowed Professor for Research in Family Studies *David Allen, Statistics, Emeritus Professor of Statistics

Notable alumni

The university has more than 140,246 alumni in the state of Kentucky, 216,737 in the United States, and 1,119 internationally. The University of Kentucky Alumni Association is the primary affiliation for former students and faculty, and is located at the corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The building, dedicated in 1963, is named for Helen G. King, the first permanent director of the association and a former "Miss University of Kentucky". The association also meets at Spindletop Hall, a large mansion along Iron Works Pike, which serves as a central alumni gathering point. The University of Kentucky boasts seven governors, including four former Governor of Kentucky, Governors of Kentucky: Steve Beshear, Ernie Fletcher, Paul E. Patton, and Happy Chandler, Albert "Happy" Chandler; Happy Chandler, Chandler was also a former U.S. Senator, and was the Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1945 to 1951. Rounding out the other seven are the former Governor of Ohio Ted Strickland, former Governor of North Carolina Beverly Perdue, and former List of governors of Arkansas, Governor of Arkansas Tom Jefferson Terral. Former U.S. representative, U.S. Representative Ken Lucas (politician), Ken Lucas from the commonwealth's fourth congressional district, and current U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell are other government officials that called the university home. Kelly Craft (née Guilfoil), former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and United States Ambassador to Canada, attended the university. The United Methodist Bishop Alfred W. Gwinn also attended the university. Bill Gatton, Carol Martin “Bill” Gatton, an automobile dealer executive, was the donor of the largest gift ever to the university, and is the namesake for the Gatton College of Business and Economics and the Gatton Student Center. Paul Chellgren, Chairman and CEO of Ashland Inc., also attended the university, and is the namesake for List of University of Kentucky buildings, Chellgren Hall, formerly known as Woodland Glen I. The university was also the home of Thomas Hunt Morgan, Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan, a scientist and winner of the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and William Lipscomb, 1976 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Doris Y. Wilkinson, Doris Yvonne Wilkinson was the first African American to graduate from the university as an undergraduate student in 1958, and Joyce Hamilton Berry, a former clinical psychologist, was the first female African American to earn a Ph.D. from UK in 1970. Journalist and Miss USA 2021 Elle Smith also attended the university. Actresses such as Miss Elizabeth, Ashley Judd, and Adunni Ade also attended the university. Randall Cobb (American football), Randall Cobb, a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, Josh Allen (linebacker), Josh Allen, a defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Anthony Davis, a power forward and center for Los Angeles Lakers, and Derek Bryant (baseball), Derek Bryant, a former outfielder for the Oakland Athletics from 1973-1981, are a few sports alumni from the university. Tyrese Maxey is a point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, 76ers. File:Kelly Knight Craft (cropped).jpg, Kelly Craft, US Ambassador to the United Nations, US Ambassador to Canada File:Ashley Judd head.jpg, Ashley Judd, actress File:William n lipscomb jr.jpg, William Lipscomb, 1976 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry File:Mitch McConnell official photo.jpg, Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator, current Party leaders of the United States Senate, Senate Minority Leader File:Thomas Hunt Morgan.jpg, Thomas Hunt Morgan, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and father of modern genetics

See also

* List of forestry universities and colleges


External links

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