WATCH: What Francis Collins Means to UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 23, 2021) — Researchers and administrators from across the University of Kentucky campus are paying tribute to Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Collins recently retired as the 16th director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In the video above, watch as leaders in research at UK talk about how Collins’ leadership has shaped the life-changing work faculty, staff and students are doing every day to ultimately help the people of Kentucky — and beyond.


This is a photo of Dr. Francis Collins at the Healing Kentucky Conference on October 7, 2019.
Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., at the Healing Kentucky Conference on Oct. 7, 2019. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

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.