Campus News

UK Hires New Financial Aid Director


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2019) — The University of Kentucky is pleased to announce that Kathy Bialk is the new executive director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Bialk served as the assistant provost and the director of Student Financial Aid at the University of Iowa the last two years before coming to UK. In her position she led a staff of 30 financial aid professionals serving more than 30,000 students and delivering $505 million in financial aid for students.

"Kathy is a national financial aid expert and brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to the University of Kentucky," said Christine Harper, UK's associate provost for enrollment management. "Her skills and knowledge will help us continue to move our Wildcat Student Financial Aid experience forward."

Prior to her time at Iowa, Bialk was director of student financial assistance at Marshall University for 10 years.

She currently serves as the chair-elect for the Commission of the Certified Financial Aid Administrator Program.

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