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Advising Network Now Accepting Nominations for Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Advising Network is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards. 

Each year, the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award is presented by the UK Advising Network to one full-time professional advisor and one faculty advisor for outstanding service.

Ken Freedman, the award's namesake, was one of the founders of the UK Advising Network in 1986, and served as a professional advisor at UK until his death in 2001. The Ken Freedman awards recognize current advisors who are going above and beyond to support students at UK.

“Academic advisors are an integral part of student success,” said Jennifer Stevens, chair of the UK Advising Network. “We do more than help students register for classes. Advisors get to know students and help them achieve their goals. We hear about their challenges and address their individual needs. The Ken Freedman Day of Recognition allows us to celebrate and recognize the remarkable work that Advisors do.”

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the nominating process. Nominees are not limited to colleges. Any faculty or staff member who plays a role in advising is eligible. To make a nomination for the 2022 Outstanding Professional or Faculty Advisor Award, click here.

To make a nomination for the 2022 Outstanding New Advisor, Advising Administrator and Innovative Advising Awards, click here

All nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2022. You can send any questions to

To see the full list of previous Ken Freedman awardees, click here.

All award recipients will be recognized at an awards luncheon on campus at the Ken Freedman Day of Recognition in May 2022.

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.