LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees conferred upon retired administrator Jim Wims the title of university staff emeritus during the board's meeting Dec. 15. Wims was honored for “his many years of service, dedication and loyalty to the University of Kentucky.”
He came to UK in 1996 and has served in numerous leadership roles including director of Residence Life, assistant and associate vice president for student affairs, senior assistant provost in the Office of Student and Academic Life, interim dean of students and interim director of Dining Services. Most recently he served as acting assistant vice president for Auxiliary Services and interim executive director for the Gatton Student Center.
During an introduction of Wims at the board meeting, UK President Eli Capilouto described Wims as “quiet and unassuming” but always being a “strong voice and advocate for our students.”
“Throughout his career he has been recognized for his primary focus of serving students,” Capilouto said about Wims. “His philosophy includes a ‘take the high road’ attitude, coupled with the notion that you should always do the right thing, and students must always be the top priority in any decision-making.”
With Wims’ retirement, Andrew Smith will serve as interim assistant vice president for Auxiliary Services. He will oversee the Gatton Student Center, UK Bookstore, UK Postal Services, Housing and Dining. Smith most recently served in the Office for Student Success as assistant provost for student well-being.
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