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A Message From New UK Acting Provost Robert S. DiPaola

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2021) — Today marks the first day of Robert S. DiPaola’s tenure as acting provost. 

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced in May that he selected DiPaola, dean of the UK College of Medicine, to serve as in this role. 

He will serve in this capacity for a one-year appointment until June 30, 2022. Capilouto has announced he will begin a national search for a permanent provost this fall.

“I am looking forward to partnering with our faculty, staff and students to further strengthen our university, support our people and inspire ingenuity to propel us forward,” DiPaola said. “We will collaborate across academic units to ensure our missions of education, research, health care and service lead the Commonwealth into a more prosperous future.”

Watch a special message above from DiPaola.

photo of Robert S. DiPaola, M.D.
Robert S. DiPaola begins his tenure as acting provost of the University of Kentucky today. Photo by Shaun Ring.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.