Ann Blackford


College: Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences Inducts Two Into Hall of Fame

Published: Apr 23, 2014


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2014) − The University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences recently welcomed two new inductees into its Alumni Hall of Fame. The latest inductees are:

Russell E. Miller, physical therapy, ’80. Miller, who is retired, worked most recently as a consultant for Avacore Technologies, a company in Ann Arbor, Mich., which developed a device to augment natural body cooling; and Lori Stewart Gonzalez, speech-pathology & audiology, ’79, who served as dean of the UK College of Health Sciences for seven years before becoming the first female provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.


Russell E. Miller

Miller received a bachelor of science in health and physical education, from Wilmington College in Ohio in 1966. He received a master of science in health and safety with an emphasis on athletic training from Indiana University in 1968. He then earned a bachelor of science in physical therapy from UK in 1980.


Miller began his career in athletic training prior to receiving his degree in physical therapy. Over a span of 13 years, Miller worked as head athletic trainer at Wilmington College, DaPauw University, and Western Kentucky University. In 1980, Miller became dual-credentialed as a licensed physical therapist and a certified athletic trainer. Miller served as head athletic trainer for the University of Michigan (UM) and developed and directed the UM Physical Therapy Department at UM’s Sports Medicine Clinic. In 1991, he began working as senior athletic trainer for the Detroit Tigers professional baseball team, where he advanced to medical director and head athletic trainer before retiring from athletic training in 2002.

Miller has been influential on a national level, serving as a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) since 1964. He was part of the original NATA committee that developed the certification requirements for the board certification for athletic trainers. Miller has held service and leadership positions within multiple professional organizations, including the American Academy of Sports Dentistry, the Michigan State Medical Society (Sports Medicine), and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Association. Miller has also shared his knowledge and expertise through many lectures, publications and presentations.


“As a clinical supervisor, he taught the students and his staff how to interact with athletes, coaches, and physicians, in order to meet their individual expectations. He was remarkable in educating the physicians about the coaches’ and athletes’ concerns regarding injury and facilitated the best outcome and care for his athletes,” said nominator Tim Uhl, who is director of the Musculoskeletal Laboratory, and an associate professor in the Division of Athletic Training. “He epitomized the role of master clinical practitioner and problem solver.”


Lori Stewart Gonzalez

The second inductee, Gonzalez, received a bachelor of arts in speech-pathology and audiology from UK in 1979. She then pursued graduate work, receiving a master of arts in communication disorders from Eastern Kentucky University in 1981, and earning a doctorate in communication disorders from the University of Florida in 1989.


Gonzalez, a native Kentuckian, began her academic career at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIU) in 1988. As an assistant professor, she assumed the role of director of supervision and clinical training at SIU. In 1991, she returned to UK as an assistant professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Gonzalez devoted 20 years of her career to UK, moving up to professor, then serving the College of Health Sciences as associate dean of academic affairs, and later serving as dean. Gonzalez was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2001, providing her with the opportunity to work with and learn from a variety of college and university presidents. Following her ACE Fellowship, she returned to UK and became more engaged in campus leadership and governance.


Following a national search in 2005, she was appointed as the third dean of the UK College of Health Sciences. Gonzalez served as dean for seven years. Under her leadership, the research profile of the college was significantly elevated. The college continued its tradition of excellence in teaching, research and service, and Gonzalez remained directly engaged, facilitating excellence across the college. Her priorities as dean included mentoring young professionals and faculty, as well as supporting staff development.


“I have had the opportunity to work with Lori as her colleague and friend during her years at UK,” said nominator Jody F. Deem, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, associate professor, Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders “I cannot think of an individual who would be a better role model for our students than Dr. Gonzalez. Having received her undergraduate degree from UK, she provides an image of just what young professionals can hope to achieve at a national level, given drive and effort.”

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