Professional News

New UK Staff Senators Announced

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 25, 2022)  Voting has concluded in the University of Kentucky Staff Senate elections.

The UK Staff Senate represents the interests of staff at all levels of university operations in order to strengthen relationships across the University of Kentucky and to foster a climate that promotes and empowers all university employees and students to participate in the decision-making process.

Senators-elect will begin their three-year terms as senators on July 1. A listing of senators-elect per sector is as follows:

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Austin Anders, Joshua Borgemenke, Jenn Edwards, Stefan Schagane, Scott Sorrell and Cara Tackett

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Amanda Biddle, Shelly Bishop, Olwen Burton, Rebecca Earls, Perry Gibson, Kaleb Grey, Joe Hacker, Marnice Hart, Talina Henderson, Curtis Hudson, Kelly Lamping, Sheena Lee, Allison Montero, Chablis Murray, Pam Noble, Stephanie Peeples, Cory Qualls, Tiffany Randolph, Gage Redimarker, Karena Spears, Jeanine Washington and Stephen Williams

President James Aaron, John Blaine, Courtney Chafin, Kevin Fleming, Lisa Lockman and Addison Mills

Provost Bobbi Jo Allen, Allissa Anderson, Sabrina Brewer, Jennifer Bridge, Ryan Farley, Lyndall Harned, Catherine Hayden, Alexandra Hunter, Brittany Lawrence, Marie Marefat, Sarah Orr, Karen Owsley, Sydney Shields, Tara Spach, Nathan Thompson, Allison Walters, Alice Williams and Laure Ziembroski Smith

Congratulations to all our new senators. To learn more about Staff Senate, including values, goals, priorities and accomplishments, visit the UK Staff Senate website or reach out to a senator in your sector. A full list of active senators, organized by sector, can be found at

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.